Linda H Codega (lhcodega on QT) has signed with agent Bridget Smith of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Dear [Agent Name!]
[Brief Personalization, if I must.]
In 1880s Appalachia, Esther is known as the Witch of the Ridge—the psychopomp protector of miner's souls—and for years, she's defended her hometown of Kiron from the ur-god of Kire Mountain. But when a Yankee industrial company attempts to muscle in on the coal-rich highlands and the townsfolk jump at the chance to make more money, Esther might have to become Kiron's villain in order to save her people from Kire's wrath.
In the present day, Bennie Mattox—a young woman with a vendetta against the mining company that covered up her friend's death—rescues a near-drowned woman from a creek. When the woman reveals she's an Appalachian Neighbor, Bennie is sure that the witch can help her stop the mining company for good...and prevent any more miners from dying in the shafts.
But the witch doesn't remember who she was and her power's not enough to bury Kiron's new mining industry. If Bennie wants to end the company that tore apart her life, she'll have to help the Neighbor unearth her past and face down the ancient threat looming on the horizon. Literally. Just like in the nineteenth century, the strip-mined god of Kire Mountain is waking up, hungry for Appalachian blood.
MOTHEATER is a 100,000-word contemporary fantasy southern gothic, for fans of Emily Tesh's SILVER IN THE WOOD and Alexis Henderson's YEAR OF THE WITCHING. It incorporates traditional, folkloric Appalachian culture and magic, a multi-racial and LGBTQ+ cast, and has two main POVs that go back and forth in time.
Linda H. Codega is a nonbinary queer Virginian living in the mountains of Yankeeland. They are a contributor to Tor.com and their short fiction has been published in places such as Luna Station Quarterly, Helios Quarterly, and Dark Moon Digest. They are a Hugo-nominated first reader at Strange Horizons.
Thank you for your time and consideration.