Published by Sky Pony Press on April 24th 2018
Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—
Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.
My mother is thrown backward.
And she falls.
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who astonish and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.
That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.
Still reeling from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also adjusting to the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark and dangerous history. And suddenly Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to be able to see.
As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni isn’t sure who she can trust. Even worse, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.
I am a writer, copy/line editor, bibliophile, and mom of four living in the Great White North.
Represented by Victoria Doherty Munro at Writers House.
- What is on your nightstand?
Beyond the boring stuff, like tissue and ChapStick and Superman Valentine’s cards that I use for bookmarks? Books, of course! I’m reading THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman and THIS MORTAL COIL by Emily Suvada; research books since I’m knee-deep in writing SCHEME, the sequel to SLEIGHT, and I can’t travel to all the crazy locations I’ve chosen to include in the book … Also my Kindle—I read multiple books at a time, depending on my mood and what I’m writing myself. Lately I’ve been devouring books by Lake Union authors Camille Noe Pagan and Dina Silver. It’s fun to swap from YA fantasy and dystopian to women’s fiction. Keeps my brain happy.
- What author would you totally fan?
Definitely, J. K. Rowling, because beyond her books, she’s a class act. Fiercely intelligent and generous and clever. I’d love to sit and have coffee with her. Oh, and of course, Andrew Smith (Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, 100 Sideways Miles, the upcoming Rabbit & Robot)—he is seriously incredible. Reading his books has taught me to approach my writing from different angles. He’s brilliant but also insanely brave and dedicated to writing noteworthy fiction. And even though he’d probably be a total cad, I’d love to hang out with Shakespeare some time. Which isn’t possible. Because he’s super dead. But if I could time travel …
- What makes you cringe?
Other than the word “moist” used in reference to anything other than chocolate cake? I cringe when I see people making major errors in judgment online. I often find myself asking, “What would J. K. do?” If I think she’d shut up and move on, I do that, which is most of the time. Watching people implode on social media is tragic.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I used to be a “pantser,” i.e., I’d go with the flow, but now I’m pretty attached to at least writing a detailed synopsis of a potential project, like a book report before the book is written, so I have a road map. I had an editor who taught me the joy (and pain) of detailed outlines—I wrote one in the early stages of rewriting Sleight that was like 45 pages long—but when stuff changes midstream, say, on page 22 of the outline, then the rest of that work is basically useless. I’ve found a happy medium with the synopsis system—I usually write about five to ten pages covering character, plot, subplot, important beats the story needs to hit, etc., and that keeps me on track. Also if the story diverges unexpectedly, I’m not pulling my hair out for all those lost synopsis or outline pages that I now am unable to use.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love (almost) all the words. My favorite word is the F Word—it’s just so versatile—but I’m not supposed to admit that in mixed company. Then again, for the sheepish in our midst, when’s the last time you walked down a middle or high school hallway? *wink* Language is colorful, and ever-evolving! Long live language!
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