Jessica Conoley (jaconoley on QT) has signed with agent Lucy Cleland of Kneerim & Williams.
Ripped from her family and hunted for an ability she doesn’t understand, Olena Burnwhite stands trial for being a color eater. Her withered father is brought forth to testify, and Lena reaches for him. When a guard seizes her, Lena inadvertently unleashes years of pent up frustration upon the innocent man. With the brush of her fingertips his face twists in terror as black disappears from his uniform, followed by the pink from his lips, and the blue from his eyes. Staring upon the stark white corpse, Lena finally comprehends the terror of what it means to be a color eater.
Sentenced to a lifetime in Korvidian, a city-sized research prison, Lena finds herself surrounded by lelsh, bearers, shifters, and other specials. The specials’ abilities are harnessed by the Magistrate to sustain technology and run a spy network in the pre-industrial world beyond its walls. During her servitude Lena learns the nuances of her power, finds clues about what happened to her family, and befriends Magda—a resistance fighter. When Magda goes missing Lena knows she must find her friend and escape. Her search leads to a vivisection lab where she discovers a half-dissected woman in the bed adjacent to Magda. Unwilling to leave anyone behind, Lena’s skills are pushed to the limit as she fights to save them all.
The Color Eater is a 75,600-word, fantasy novel that explores self-acceptance and what “family” really means. I am the managing editor of Kansas City Voices arts and literary magazine, a published flash fiction writer, and an award winning essayist. This is my debut novel.