Mary Ann Scott (GhostGirl on QT) has signed with agent Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc..
Dear Ms. Roth,
It began even before I ran away to Ireland, this predilection for historical spook stories. Since I was old enough to read, I have loved to wander through old cemeteries in search of a good story, reading each headstone as a cultural/historical love letter, not just a numerical notation of someone's lifespan. In 1984, my penchant for all things Irish led me to Maynooth, about 18 miles west of Dublin, where university life and the Irish culture fed my storyteller's soul. A year later, I reluctantly boarded a plane back to the States, and I've never quite gotten over it. Like all proper Anglo-Irish fanatics, I love a good ghost story, and these days, I love writing them for young adults.
Rich with historical detail and authentic Native American ritual, The Well of Spirits begins in the fall of 1850, as abolitionists and suffragists wage a cultural and social revolution and the growing phenomenon of Spiritualism seeks to awaken a whole new American consciousness. But who could know that the world's salvation rests in the hands of a 15-year-old clairvoyant named Jeremiah Miller?
Stalked by scattered visions and jumbled messages from beyond the grave since he was a toddler, 14-year-old Jeremiah Miller has always struggled to make sense of his life in Rochester. But nonetheless, it is his home. When his father is suddenly killed in a railway accident, Jeremiah's mother moves the family to Spiritual Springs, a community 50 miles west of Rochester run by a former Unitarian minister and self-professed medium named Josiah Barclay. To Jeremiah's mother, Spiritual Springs seems like a haven for the most fashionable causes of the age and a new start for her son, but the moment Jeremiah sets foot on the steps of Unity Hall, he knows better. It will be up to Jeremiah and his friends--his 12-year-old, aura-reading cousin, Lily, and a former slave named Ephraim--to release the ghosts of two Seneca Shamans and stop Barclay from completing his spirit-guided "god-machine" and loosing the darkest evil upon the earth.
The Well of Spirits is a 79,000-word YA historical fantasy. Most recently, the opening chapter garnered me the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award to the 2008 Rutgers One-on-One Conference. In 2006, the initial chapters earned me a full scholarship to the Chautauqua Writers Workshop where Philomel's P___ mentored me as I worked to complete the manuscript. P___ expressed interest in the then unfinished manuscript, and subsequently requested the full finished novel. K___, her assistant editor, recently read it and has recommended it to P___ for final consideration. With Mr. S___'s excellent feedback, I am now seeking agent representation in anticipation of a possible contract. Below, I have pasted the first few pages of The Well of Spirits for your consideration.
Thank you for posting your news on Verla Kay's Blue Boards, and congratulations on your move. I will definitely look for you at the Rutgers One-on-One conference in October.
Mary Ann Scott