I read on your blog that you enjoy “a romantic element, mayhem & mystery.” For this reason, I hope you will be interested in my novel of literary fiction set in Cline,
Twenty-year-old Margaret Harmond is haunted by her Catholic upbringing, her desire for other women, and the ghost of her mother, whose suicide she witnessed at the age of eight. While training for the sisterhood in a Catholic home for unwed mothers, Margaret finds herself tempted by one of the pregnant teenage girls and throws herself further into her work by joining the local Civil Rights Movement. But as she begins to investigate the disappearances of young black men, she finds herself caught in a web of corruption, endangering the lives of those she loves most and bringing her closer to the one person she was trying to avoid.
THE LOOKING-GLASS HOUSE is complete at 75,000 words. I recently received my MFA in fiction from
Included below are the first 250 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.
THE LOOKING-GLASS HOUSE
March of 1964 in Cline,
But even with Mother Superior beginning to snore, a hum as monotonous as the bees outside who droned from blossom to blossom, fat and drunk on azalea nectar, the girls could not relax, because Margaret watched them from the back pew.
“My back hurts, Miss Margaret,” the girl whined.
“Suffering makes us stronger,” Margaret answered. And she would know.
Margaret sat in the middle of the pew, her knees pinched together, her feet pointed slightly beneath her, her hands folded in her lap, clutching a Bible and a small pocketbook with enough cash for the month's groceries.