Michael Goins (professor on QT) has signed with agent Claire Gerus of Claire Gerus Literary Agency.
Dear Ms. Agent Name:
THE BLUE PAINT ROAD, the first in a trilogy of inter-related stand-alone novels, is an involved, multi-layered journey through several generations of families – black and white, with the story woven through the three books from the start of the Civil War to present time.
Less than an hour after she was born, Rain was traded to her grandmother for a worthless old dog. So when the old woman who raised her, the only family she has ever known, dies in her arms, Rain is surprised by the secret she has kept for nearly thirteen years – her father is alive and living up river.
On her journey, she discovers that being free can be more dangerous than being a slave, that real friends come in all forms, and that life has a way of coming full circle. As she searches for the man she never knew, she finds an aunt that will come to replace her mother, danger she didn’t expect, and a way to help the local folk doctor, Gullah Jack, find his own path home. Only then does she recover the part of her that was always missing.
Complete at 95,000 words, THE BLUE PAINT ROAD is a look at slavery and specifically the people it affected from their side of the color line, from their daily lives to the struggles and the many relationships that made life itself possible and, at times, nearly impossible. It is about friendship, the value of freedom, family, love, and above all, the human capacity for hope.
Written to stand alone, it is the first in a trilogy that examines people, their decisions, relationships, and the long and short shadows we all cast with our lives.
I have a master’s degree in creative writing, an addictive interest in behind-the-scenes examination of American history and a fascination with people and what motivates them.
Please let me know if I might send you a copy of THE BLUE PAINT ROAD.
William Michael Goins