Query Letter #2
Name: A. Grey
Title: Amarok and the Gone Missing Girl
Genre: Contemporary YA
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
Because you enjoy character-driven stories that are unique and engaging, I think that my 82,000 word Contemporary YA, AMAROK AND THE GONE MISSING GIRL, might be a good fit for your list.
Shy albino Ansel offers shelter to a runaway girl but she soon turns his secluded world upside down and his efforts to help her put him square in the public eye. Home alone when he discovers a traumatized girl in his parents shed, Ansel chooses to let her stay rather than call the police and cause a scene. What starts out as an attempt to avoid attention quickly turns into a personal crusade to help a girl he doesn’t know but is already beginning to love.
Catskin, as Ansel nicknames her, doesn’t seem to care about her own fate, but Ansel believes she can recover from her trauma and devotes himself to helping her sort out the fears she can’t, or won’t, explain to him. When a near drowning leaves Catskin hospitalized and unconscious, Ansel must conquer his own longstanding fear of exposure in order to make contact with her contentious past and the people in it. Which will mean somehow explaining to Catskin’s millionaire parents where she is and why she’s afraid of them.
I have been writing for sixteen years and have had two short stories published in ‘la Joie’ magazine. I have now written five novel length manuscripts.
I would be pleased to send you the entire manuscript for review. Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.