Title: Former Child Star
Word count: 80,000
Genre: Adult/Women's Fiction
FORMER CHILD STAR opens on the day thirty-five-year-old Suzy Doran is pulled out of her semi-reclusive lifestyle after hearing a tidbit about her Hollywood career on an entertainment gossip show. Suzy's heartbroken to learn today’s young actresses regard her short career as a cautionary tale—just another child star of the 1990's who couldn’t handle the sometimes cruel Hollywood machine.
Suzy's been shoved on a shelf with the countless other child stars who cracked under the pressure. She can stand back and allow these false assumptions to continue or come forward with her own truth. To Suzy a memoir seems the perfect way to set the record straight. With the invisible fourth wall lying shattered in pieces at her feet Suzy revisits a life she thought was behind her.
After living far from Hollywood's lights in a small town south of New York City, it won’t be easy for Suzy to reopen this door and take a closer look at her past. In order to share the truth she'll need to relive her happy Hollywood past, the friends and loves left behind, and the tragic, on set accident that changed it all. One moment she's playing a teenage superhero sidekick on television and the next she's waking up in a hospital bed. Suzy's not sure if anyone wants to read about her short career nineteen years after it ended. But she needs to come forward rather than let those young actresses malign her name.
First 250 words:
"I don’t want to be another Suzy Doran.”
I was half-heartedly watching an interview with a young starlet on one of those gossip programs - an Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood type show - when this phrase snapped me to attention. Who she was or what she was promoting fell to the wayside. I was too wrapped up in what she'd said. And, what she went on to say afterward.
“I don’t want to give up on Hollywood because I can’t take the pressure. I’ve always endeavored to be a strong person who can take whatever life hands me. Not give up just because I didn’t have it in me to headline a television show. She’s exactly what we all work not to be.”
This set off a cyclone of deranged flailing. My heart felt like it was going to thump out of my chest and a John Carpenter-type fog settled across my vision. I winced as I felt my knee connect with a folding table and upended my dinner. The water I'd been drinking sprayed out in front of me and my bowl of macaroni and cheese now lay upside down on the floor with the noodles mingling with the carpet. To lose one noodle was sad, but to lose a whole bowl, heartbreaking.
The truth lay in the program’s own archives and I didn’t understand why some fact-checker had let this slide. Yes, I'd been away from Hollywood for nineteen years and I couldn't expect people to remember every little thing.
Entry Nickname: A Thousand Miles Astray
Title: PERMANENTLY UNDECLARED
Word Count: 60,000
Genre: NA Contemporary
Sometimes you map out your life, only to discover you still don’t know where you’re going.
For eighteen-year-old Lotus Adams, college is a pit stop on her journey through life. A journey she should be taking with Flora, her dad’s vintage RV. Desperate to find the father who abandoned her, she’s willing to sacrifice almost anything for answers, including school. She’s only there under duress, part of her mom’s plan to get on the “right” path.
For eighteen-year-old Aaron Kim, college is the destination and has always been his goal. Still reeling from a broken heart, Aaron is determined to focus on studying and nothing but. Too bad he can’t stop thinking about the jaded girl he met at orientation.
Their friendship is the first step in finding a new direction. Despite his aching heart, Aaron wants more, but Lotus is hesitant to start a new relationship. She knows her time at school is limited, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her parents, it’s that relationships always end poorly.
When Lotus must decide between finding her dad or hanging onto Aaron, she has to make the hardest decision of all—to choose the past or the future.
First 250 Words:
The grass brushed against my legs and I scratched as I scanned the crowd. Sweating my ass off surrounded by hundreds of lemmings was pretty much what I expected for my first day of college.
“Like cattle,” I muttered. If Dad was still around, I wouldn’t be here.
“What’s that?” asked the guy next to me.
“We’re cattle,” I replied, not even looking in his direction. “What’s the point of all this, anyway? Some form of torture?”
“I think they call it ‘freshman orientation,’ actually.” I glanced at him, curious. A smirk and dark sunglasses looked back at me. “I take it you aren’t afan of higher learning?”
“It was my mom’s idea.” I was still staring, trying not to wonder what color his eyes were under those dark glasses. His white hat, sporting the college’s logo, was turned backwards. Dumb. “You know, if that hat was on the right way, you wouldn’t need the sunglasses.”
The smirk broke into a full on grin, his shiny perfect teeth flashing at me. “I always need the sunglasses. This way, the hat stays out of my way.”
He was ridiculous, but I couldn’t manage to disengage. “Then why wear the hat at all?”
“Bad hair day,” he replied. Everything in me told me to turn away, to kill this conversation now.
“What, out of mousse before the first day?”
“Maybe I misplaced my flat iron,” he replied. He yanked off the hat, pulling his hand through his glossy black hair.