Lisa Ann Chickos (LisaAnn on QT) has signed with agent Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.
ESSENCE was inspired by the summer I spent living in a tent and working in Yosemite National Park. (I am now a huge fan of indoor plumbing, shooting stars and keeping both my feet planted firmly on the ground.)
Fortunately, I have a great support system (including all my friends on the QT forum!), so I dove immediately into the creation of ESSENCE—which explains its lightning-quick inception. Within a few months, I had something tangible in my hands, and I felt ready to put myself out there again.
After all, it's that intrinsic, abstract quality of "rightness" that is often the difference between success and failure. And in a business as competitive and unforgiving as book publishing, we need to take every advantage we can get.
Neutrality is the key to longevity.
This is the only truth seventeen year-old Autumn Marsh has ever known. She lives under the control of San Francisco’s cult-like Centrist Movement—a new spirituality that claims emotional experiences lead to Essence drain and early death.
Autumn has learned to suppress her feelings, but her younger brother’s death brings her faith into question. While illegally sprinting through a condemned park, she encounters Ryder Strong—a free-spirited Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. From his headquarters in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park, he says he can prove it.
Joining Ryder’s community means abandoning her family, giving up her identity and forsaking everything she has ever believed in, but Autumn is determined to find the truth—even if she risks losing herself in the process.
-Lisa Ann Chickos