KA Reynolds (Lit_Fan33 on QT) has signed with agent Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
I’d queried three novels start to shelf. The last two landed me top spots in several contests including Pitch Wars, where I was a mentee in both 2013 and 2014. I worked SO HARD to revise those novels. Yet despite a lot of interest and several close calls: no agent. I’d hit my lowest point as a writer yet. I felt crazy for wanting a dream that continued to shut me out. I became severally depressed and was a breath away from giving up—literally on my knees crying on the floor!—when this dark MG Fantasy hit. So I sat at my computer and poured all that darkness and all those tears into my MC. The story came out in under 3 weeks and so easily, like dictation. It was just as Hemingway said: There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. I bled until it was done.
Not long ago, eleven-year-old Cecelia Dahl had a little brother who was alive, a mother and father who didn't blame her for his death, and a pleasant house in Hungrig. Before Tuesdays turned evil, Cecelia was made of skin and bones and happiness. Not the actual paper and sorrow, now ripping her life to shreds.
Cecelia’s mother has left for The Land of Yesterday to find her ghost brother. Her house, a dark and crooked thing called Widdendream, absorbs her father into its walls as punishment for making her mother leave. Just before it eats her as well, two mischievous gnomes whisk her away in their hot-air balloon. The gnomes claim they know the way to Yesterday, and also how to find her missing father. But finding them won’t be easy. Now Cecelia must survive the harrowing voyage in order to find Yesterday and bring her mother and ghost-brother home. If she doesn’t, Widdendream will never give her father back, and Cecelia’s transformation to a full paper Dahl will be irreversibly complete.
THE LAST PAPER DAHL is a 35,000 word MG fantasy that will appeal to fans of Coraline and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.
Thank you so much!