Monique Jones (Cappycat on QT) has signed with agent Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary.
The inspiration for the story came from the oral tradition of my own family. My family lived on the bayou with my grandparents next door and two great-grandmothers and several great aunts all within walking distance. They would tell all these incredible stories, half in English, half in Cajun French. And there was a murder in the family, but we definitely didn't talk about that in polite conversation. As I got older and started digging and asking the right questions, specifically researching the murder, I realized how things had been obfuscated with the passage of time and with the generational loss of the French language. It was shocking to me how much I had misinterpreted the truth or truth had been purposely watered down to make it more palatable.
Dear Ms. Skinner,
In the tiny town of Bayou Derniere, Louisiana, the bottle tree at the edge of the cemetery belongs to l'Abatteur. Cajun French for "slaughterer," you saved the last swig of whiskey for him, the last sip of beer. In the old days, if you killed a pig or a deer, you filled a bottle with blood and hung it from the tree. You gave him a little so he didn't take it all.
Of course, nobody believes that stuff anymore. Or maybe Julie does. Just a little.
At twenty-five years old, she really wants a second chance. Her husband left her for another woman. Her alcoholic father is missing and presumed dead. Broke, grieving, her life unraveling, she drops out of college and returns home to the dilapidated shotgun house where she grew up.
With gritty determination, she tries to start over. She finds a good job. She meets the enigmatic Raphael, and falls in love. But as Julie begins to piece together the circumstances surrounding her father's disappearance, she discovers that the new love, the new job, the new life she desperately desires are, in reality, a closing snare. She learns the truth about the creature that haunted the bayou so long ago. L'Abatteur is no folktale. The stories are true. Now, l'Abatteur is coming for her.
L'Abatteur is 127,000 word Gothic Science Fiction with series potential that explores paranormal tropes. I've lived in Louisiana my whole life and drew inspiration for the story from local folktales and my family's oral history.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Monique M. Jones