My 100th attempt at a covering Letter
This is my latest attempt at a covering letter after taking on board what my 121 session advised.
Be grateful for your feedback.
I seek representation for Killer on the Conch, a crime novel complete at 93,000 words.
Scarred by her own experiences, newly appointed detective Alice Delaney investigates a brutal rape and murder in the tropical, tight-knit community of the Florida Keys. What Alice doesn't know is that she is being watched every step of the way by the psychopath who committed it. Never one to shy away from flexing the rule book, the tenacious Alice sets about solving this dreadful crime.
Drugged and raped at university years before and with the rapists still at large, the trauma has left Alice with a volatility that is never far from the surface as she actively keeps track of her attackers, biding her time to seek revenge.
Killer on the Conch depicts a frantic race for justice between the feisty yet troubled detective Alice Delaney and family-man-come-psychopath, Mark Lloyd.
I am well acquainted with the Florida Keys and its colourful history. The crystalline waters, palm-leafed beaches and celebratory atmosphere make it the perfect foil for fear of the shadows, and dark lurking dangers. This contrast runs through the novel thematically. If I were to compare Alice to anyone, I would say she has the inner strength of Lisa Regan's Detective Josie Quinn in the novel Her Mother's Grave and is prone to bending the rules like Caroline Mitchell's Ruby Preston in Sleep Tight.
I am originally from London. I now live in a small Wiltshire town with my husband. I was keen to approach you to represent me as you are actively looking for underrepresented groups and, as a disabled writer, I fall into that category.
I have completed a crime writing course alongside this novel, which has been three years in the making. This is my first novel and I have plans for at least two more Alice Delaney books.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.