Sarah J Schmitt (writinghoosier on QT) has signed with agent Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency, LLC.
REPLAY, a 70,000 word YA ghost story, is Mean Girls meets A Christmas Carol. It can stand alone but also has trilogy potential.
Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an over-zealous arch angel, who has grown tired of the white wings and harps and the Hawaiian-shirt wearing Death Himself.
While she waits for the decision of the Tribunal charged with determining whether her life merits rewinding the hands of time, RJ meets the Cornhole-playing St. Peter and Al, the handler for the 3-headed Hound that guards the gates to Hell, who offer her some unsolicited advice. Finally, the Tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the After life’s waiting room until her original timeline expires or she can replay three moments from her past in an effort to create a future worthy redemption. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
But as she changes her life to please the Tribunal, this former Social Queen Bee, finds herself becoming a social pariah. RJ begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth spending the next sixty years as an outcast.
When not writing, I am a K-5 school librarian and a public library Youth Services Professional for Teens. I am also a member of SCBWI and ALA and attend both the NESCBWI Regional Conference and Midwest Writers Workshop.