Sean Easley (seaneasley on QT) has signed with agent Erin Young of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
This book was your classic, “I had a crazy dream” story. I dreamed my wife and I moved into this hotel that was a mishmash of places all over the world, and I combined it with a dream I had years ago about a creepy man who owned a mansion, and all of the sudden it started coming together.
HALF-WAY HOTEL is a contemporary MG fantasy adventure along the lines of SPIRITED AWAY meets THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, by way of THE BOUNDLESS.
Twelve-year-old Dáo’s Chinese name means luck, upside-down. It’s a curse that has ruined everything for him and his wheelchair-bound sister, starting from the moment they were born, when their world-traveling dad mysteriously vanished. But when a slick-haired boy shows up in a suit and coattails talking about a magical hotel with doors that lead all over the world, Dáo sees his chance to find out where his dad went and bring him home.
Once inside, Dáo makes a deal with the Hotel’s creepy concierge to join the staff, and soon finds himself facing off against militant maids and sabotage from the Hotel’s enemies. As he builds alliances with the Hotel’s international staff, he uncovers a people-stealing plot far more sinister and threatening than anything his bad luck has brought before. Dáo’s willing to pay any price to find his father, but when his bargains put those he cares about in danger, including his sister, he must fix his mistakes or risk losing his family for good.
HALF-WAY HOTEL is complete at 77,000 words. I served thirteen years as a teen pastor and counselor, am a member of DFW Writer’s Workshop and the Writer’s League of Texas, and speak regularly at local school libraries.