TEASER

Recently James Rasmussen, my editor at Queered Fiction, asked me to send him a bio and blurb for LOST SKY’s Press Release. He also planned to use the blurb as a teaser on the book’s back cover. The bio proved easy to write. Skipping over my childhood years, I included the college I attended (Bennington, ’85) and my career trajectory for the last quarter century, ten years working as modern dancer/choreographer followed by fifteen years running my eponymous landscape design business. I also included some details about my current home because my gardens and their surroundings provided some of the inspiration for LOST SKY.

Writing the blurb, however, posed more of a challenge. Constructing a teaser for a book like LOST SKY, which relies heavily on suspense, is tricky. It’s vital to grab the reader’s interest and imagination without giving too much of the plot away. I had already written a query blurb, but decided that it was too detailed to be used as teaser. Feeling a bit frustrated and hoping for a little inspiration, I re-read the teasers printed on the back of some of my favorite novels. This was a great help and after a few rough drafts I came up with the following:

Matthew Mason is a shy young man tormented by the memory of his mother’s death. Plagued by a crippling stammer he works at a botanic garden quietly immersed in the silent world of plants. When he learns that a mysterious relative has left him a bequest, his life takes a dramatic turn. An inexplicable series of events soon culminate in a meeting with Salal, a supernatural being whose home is both a prison and a fantastic refuge. Theirs is a relationship fraught with conflicting desires that propel Matthew on a dangerous journey that will forever change him.

Set in the 1970’s against a backdrop of exotic gardens populated with unusual creatures, LOST SKY weaves fantasy with reality to create a modern coming of age story that confronts the issues of extinction and environmental degradation facing our planet.

With some trepidation, I forwarded the teaser and bio over to James. To my relief he was quite pleased with both of them.

One more hurdle crossed!!!

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