Jessica Taylor (jdtaylor on QT) has signed with agent Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency.
I started writing the manuscript during my last year of law school. While circling the school parking lot one day, a familiar song on the radio inspired the opening scene. By the time I got to my class, I couldn’t shake the image of this scene. The desire to write it all down consumed me, and I started writing during my two-hour business associations class. Within a week, I had over 100 pages written and a complete outline. Later, I dropped the class because I had no idea what was going on!
Dear Magnificent Agent,
When seventeen-year-old Lana Kavanaugh’s dad vanishes, he leaves behind only one cryptic clue: the name Blaine O’Sullivan scrawled on a business card for Gallagher’s Pub in Kilkenny, Ireland. Desperate to find her dad, Lana blows off senior year, cashes out her college fund, and hops a plane for the Emerald Isle.
But Blaine, a guitarist with a haunting voice and a dark connection to Irish folklore, isn’t the only Irishman waiting for her at Gallagher’s. Henchmen from two mysterious societies are ready to end Lana's search for her dad—along with her life.
Soon, Lana and Blaine are running around Ireland’s coastline, deciphering anagrams, and navigating an underground world of ancient secrets. Swept into the mythological rivalry between the Tuatha de Danann and the Fomorians, Lana worries the most important clue is the loner tagging along with her—Blaine O’Sullivan.
BALLAD KEEPER, a YA Mystery with a strong fantasy element, combines the international adventure of THE DA VINCI CODE with the seductive allure of THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER. The manuscript is fully complete at 89,000 words and has trilogy potential.
If anyone is interested, I have a detailed “agent story” here: http://jessicatayloryawriter.blogspot.com