Sandra Evans (melior on QT) has signed with agent Minju Chang of Bookstop Literary Agency.
What made me go back to writing fiction was watching my field—medieval French literature—slowly disappear from university language programs. I wanted to find a way to keep these old stories alive, and I wanted to participate in the medieval process of writing—which is to take old stories and make them new. Both This is Not a Werewolf Story and my as-yet unpublished historical novel were inspired by those old stories I studied for so long. After writing my first scholarly articles and seeing them published in some of the top journals in my field, I became much more confident. And I realized that the magic formula to writing was—for me, at least—rewriting. Rewriting means that when I sit down to write, I recognize that 90% of my first draft will not appear in my final draft. When my temporary position at one university expired, I had trouble finding another job in the area where I wanted to live. During my 2 years of unemployment, I wrote four novels, found agents for two, and sold one. I found both of my agents through querytracker. Thank you. I always told myself that if I ever got published, I would be sure to do one of these interviews, just because the Success Stories I read on the site really kept me going.
For the first time in his life, 10 year old Raul Bisclavret is about to make a friend. And it couldn’t come at a better time, because things have started getting unusually strange in the White Deer Woods next to One of Our Kind Boarding School. Abandoned at the boarding school at the age of five, Raul is used to ‘weird’ since all his schoolmates tell him he is. He’s used to the marvelous, because what happens to him in the woods on Friday nights certainly qualifies. And he’s even used to the magical, because how else can you explain the talking white deer that has taught him how to change himself into a wolf every weekend? But now, the magic in the woods is threatened by the appearance of a new predator, one who seems to be stalking Raul and the precious secret that guards his long lost mother’s life.
Will the new kid Vincent be the one to help Raul? Or will Raul discover a terrible lesson—that talking and trusting can sometimes lead to lies and betrayal. And that when a friend treats you worse than an enemy, you’ll wish you’d never told him all of your secrets.
My middle grade novel, This is Not a Werewolf Story (48,000 words), tells the story of a boy who has to figure out how to save himself and his mother—first from a deranged gym teacher, next from an enraged cougar, and finally from his best friend, who tries to make Raul remain a wolf forever. Along the way, the lonely Raul learns how many people care about him—from his estranged father to his erudite classmate, the beautiful Mary Anne; from little Sparrow who looks up to him to the mystical bookworm Dean Swift, who knows more about everything than anyone realizes.
Geared towards boys like my own 9 year old son who needs fear and excitement as well as humor and emotion to stay engaged, my story was inspired by the ‘sympathetic werewolf’ stories of 12th century France that I researched while earning my doctorate in French literature at the University of Washington. Set against the magical backdrop of the island woodlands where I grew up, the story draws on myths from Celtic peoples as well as tribes native to the Pacific Northwest. My historical novel, **, is represented by ***. I have just begun querying This is Not a Werewolf Story, and two agents have requested the full manuscript. I’ve pasted the first three chapters below.
As you requested, I'm attaching a one-page synopsis and the first 50 pages.
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