Query Letter #39
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
In an interview you did with the YA Highway I noticed that you were looking for older YA, as well as strong characters and a coming of age. In CONTROL LINE, seventeen year old Kate McCormac struggles with a new home, old dreams, and a firefighter who will do anything to help her overcome her fear of fire. Even if it means putting her own life on the line.
When her fire fighting father is killed in a house fire, Kate knows her life is in ruins, confirmed when the government questions the means to his death and challenges her family’s claim to financial compensation. Emotionally and financially drained, Kate’s family is forced to leave the lush beaches of California to the barren desert of Panaca Nevada where her mother’s childhood home promises to do more than give them a fresh start. It threatens to reveal a secret that Kate has held for nearly a year. A secret that could destroy what’s left of her life.
Betrayed by the government and the decisions of her mother, Kate fights against moving on; battling with nightmares and past memories, as well as the one person who can give her hope. Grant is the young smoke jumper who has known Kate forever, and is now willing to do whatever it takes to make her well. Even to the point of risking her life. Now Kate must choose. Accept Grant and the dangerous future he holds, or reject his love and risk being trapped in the past forever.
CONTROL LINE is a contemporary YA, complete at 120,000 words. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.