1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Dear _____

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 I was wonder if you would be interested publishing an as-yet untitled manuscript of approximately 75,000 words. Strictly speaking, this is a work of fantasy as well as historical fiction as traveling through time is central to the plot.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The inspiration for my novel is the Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series in a backhanded fashion.  I was struck by Gabaldon’s themes of a stranger in a strange time and of choosing between two loves and lifestyles. I was however, left wanting a little more internal conflict from her protagonist rather than a star-crossed romance. While there are clashes of values between her characters, they are overshadowed by something of a “love conquers all” plotline.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 My story is set in both the present day and in 1916 Ireland around the Easter Rising with the first half set in 1916 and the second in the present day.This period is heavily romanticized as one where a handful of brave freedom fighters challenge their oppressors on behalf of their countrymen, and I am interested in exploring the truths behind the myths. What were the opinions of the Irish? How much support did the rebels have prior to the Easter Rising? How much did they have after? What was the mood as regarded Irish Independence in the context of World War I?

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 As far as internal conflict and two loves, one that you leave behind and one that you discover; I would rather take the opposite approach to Outlander, what it the woman spends her time trying to get back to the man she left behind? Not out of a sense of duty, but because that is who she chooses? How is their relationship affected? On a personal level how does she reconcile her experiences with how the Easter Rising is portrayed? What has she gained from her round trip through time? What has she lost?

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7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 “She knew the stories: the men beguiled by the Faery Queen, Persephone whose mother won her half a year beneath the sky, but maybe the stories were wrong. Maybe the men were enthralled against their will. Maybe Persephone counted the days until she returned to her Underworld lover. No one asked in the stories.”


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