Fantastic news! I finally have a title for my YA Gothic! Tor/MacMillan will publish Dark Companion in June 2012. This is my homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, which I first "discovered" in the library when I was 13, and have read several times since. I was also influenced by Muriel Sparks' The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and my own experiences at an all-girls high school.
When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.
Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.
The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.
Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?
But girls are more than just a market niche. I knew girls who were brilliant, inquisitive, talented, kind, funny, brave, affectionate, generous... I wanted to write a book about those girls and for those girls.
I'll be telling you more about the road to publication for Dark Companion, including all the help from readers and bloggers.
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