Ramsey Hootman (RamseyH on QT) has signed with agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
This is not a romance.
Samuel is no alpha male, or even a beta. He's the cripple with crutches; the nerdy programmer every woman on the planet feels compelled to mother.
Greta is no beauty – not even on the inside. She's the bitter, sarcastic gym coach with two bad knees and no sense of humor. The teacher no kid would dare mock. At least not within hearing.
This is barely even a love story.
Samuel only asks Greta out to prove he's got the guts. When she accepts, he's out of his depth. All he knows is that he'll do whatever it takes to keep her as long as he can. Pretend he's got his class under control? Easy. Attend sporting events? Sure. Humiliate himself in front of six hundred teenagers? Uh... yeah. No problem.
Be vulnerable enough to admit why he ditched his programming career for teaching? Um, no. That would require honesty. And if there's one thing Samuel can't exist without, it's the lies he tells himself.
Courting Greta, complete at 116,000 words, is set in the California wine-country town of Healdsburg, where the mistakes you make as a teenager follow you to your grave. It is a book about what happens when two people who don't believe in romance give love half a chance. It is about sports and disability and, most of all, the freedom that comes with letting go of every single last scrap of pride.