Merial Wiles (merryL on QT) has signed with agent Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
As you are seeking [MSWL], I think WHERE IVY DARES TO GROW, my 76,000 word Upmarket Gothic Women's Fiction may be a good fit for your list.
The spires of Langdon Hall loom dark before Saoirse Read, as does her shadowed past, but the diamond ring on her fourth finger shines bright. Saoirse is bound to spend the coming months in a crumbling cliffside estate, the beloved relic of her elitist in-laws, whose haughty distaste of Saoirse has bled into the mind of their son. As the foursome reside in the house for what is expected to be her terminally ill mother-in-law's final weeks, Saoirse cannot help but feel the darkened halls and howling wind of the manor are her only companions beyond the dark caverns of her own mind, a place she has fought hard to keep from slipping into.
On a stroll through Langdon's mazed garden Saoirse stumbles across a man with an outdatedly charming air, trapped in an eternal spring. He is no intruder but Theo Page, her fiancé's ancestor and owner of the estate in the 19th century, where Saoirse has been displaced by the manor's seeming wrinkle in time. As the house brings Saoirse from her time to the past at will, she can no longer deny her attraction to Theo. It is only a matter of time until their friendship melts into a steamy sexual relationship and, eventually, into something like love. But as her mother-in-law's health worsens, Saoirse knows her time at Langdon Hall – and her time with Theo – is coming to an end. Through the haze of her worsening mental health, she must decide whether to stay with the man she used to love in the present, or the man she could grow to love, in a century that is not her own. But reality is not always as it appears within Langdon Hall.
WHERE IVY DARES TO GROW incorporates elements of speculative historical fiction, gothic romance, and psychological suspense, merging literary and commercial interests within Women's Fiction. It combines the gothic manor intrigue and cross-cultural domestic suspense of Mexican Gothic with the romantic speculative tension of The Haunting of Bly Manor and Outlander.
I am currently a postgraduate Creative Writing student at the University of Edinburgh and hold a MSc in Romantic and Gothic Literature. I run a writing and book focused TikTok account with over 350k followers who have largely followed the conception of this book. This is an #ownvoices story which explores my experiences living as a neurodivergent person with Depersonalisation-Derealisation Disorder. Through Twitter Pitch contests editors at a number of major publishing houses have expressed interest in the manuscript post-representation.
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