Projects!

This is directed to any literary agents or publishing professionals who are wandering by:

Project #1 RUNNING

Every mother worries about her child. In Catherine Young’s case, the child is the baby she gave up for adoption in a Paris clinic 29 years ago after a love affair with a married man from Ghana.

But Catherine is different from most mothers.  She’s running for President of the United States.  And now someone has discovered the existence of that child… and is blackmailing her.

Vice President Catherine Young is ahead in the polls by twelve points.  GOP candidate Jerusha Hutchins, rightwing darling and wife of televangelist Quigley Hutchins, is gaining ground.  When the news about Catherine’s daughter leaks, the fallout includes the murder of an F.B.I. agent, a cocaine-fueled chase across the nation’s capital, and media both old and new foaming at the mouth to cover – and uncover — the candidate’s “secret black love child.”

RUNNING is commercial fiction, complete at 92,000 words.  I like to think that my manuscript owes something to Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities” in skewering the carnival sideshow that is today’s political landscape.

My background includes stints with the Federal government in the security office of the U.S. Department of State, 15 years as an intellectual property attorney, and 15 years of writing professionally.

Project #2

LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT.COM; How You Can Find Love Online is a self-help book, complete at 63,000 words.  It combines the comic voice of Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man and the emotional growth of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Add a dash of David Sedaris, and you get my book, a slightly wicked up-to-the-minute romp about successful romance in the electronic age.  

Hard-won lessons are learned from Stick Shift, who wanted a firm hand on his equipment; Don Juan de Connecticut, so very Latin but not so much of a lover; and Tilt of his Kilt, the eager Scotsman I met on a cruise around Tahiti. Readers will laugh as they learn how to craft an irresistible online profile, carry on after rejection, stay safe, and learn to be both tough and vulnerable enough to find love.  The book ends with a big old fairy tale wedding – Mr. Right and I got married last summer.

My background involves 15 years of freelance writing on paper and online.  My work has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Business Magazine, Northeast Magazine, Hartford Magazine and the Connecticut Lawyer.  I edited a full-length legal book, and hosted a local cable television show on writing for a decade.  A former attorney, I also practiced intellectual property law for 15 years.

Promotional plans include a self-funded tour where I would give workshops on creating successful dating profiles, mini-concerts of jazz standards by me and Mr. Right (we’re both professional singers) and a national campaign to solicit contributions for a second book about online dating via Craigslist.

No longer looking for Mr. Right, now I’m looking for an agent!

 

Responses

  1. i cant wait 🙂

  2. You crack me up. I would rather die (alone) then try to date off internet…there has got to be a better way. (smile.) I read eat, pray, love, but I hated the end. Big let down and I don’t want to read the sequel to her book.
    Good luck.

    Susan, your new friend from Rome

    • Ciao, Susan! (that can mean hello as well as goodbye, right?)

      So nice to see you here. I actually enjoyed eat pray love, but I agree that the ending was very mushy. One of my writer friends (she comments here a lot; maybe she’ll see this) really despised that ending. To me, it was just real life, and it was her memoir… the poor woman can’t help it if she fell in love! I saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak locally — she was pretty cool. My book has a happy mushy ending, too. I found the guy, and married him.

      I would be only too thrilled if my book got anywhere near that kind of reception!

  3. Hi Patrice, just wanted to drop by and wish you tons of luck with the book — it sounds like a fab idea. Have you read that one called Around the World in 100 dates or something??? It’s supposed to be pretty good…

    And I LOVED EAT PRAY LOVE. I especially loved her sense of humour, and I thought it was as sincere as a book like that can be (given that she knew she was writing for an audience). I don’t know why I was slightly disappointed by the ending either, since it was a happy ending, after all…

    BUT, go girl! Best of luck with everything! I look forward to reading your book one day.

    Warmest wishes,
    Susan

  4. Thanks so much, Susan, for coming by! I haven’t read that one, and I’m trying to make sure I see the books with similar themes, so I appreciate the tip.

    I went over to the TED site and listened to Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on genius, and was really moved. We who live the creative life have a lot of difficulty not blaming ourselves for the elusive nature of our product. She made me cry! Was it your site that had a link to that, or The Rachel Papers…?

    I’ll catch you at your blog!


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