1. Let's hear your pitch.
When the demon queen takes Mia Sòng under her care, Mia discovers a mystical world. Without any magic, she must learn to fight against the queen’s enemies, or lose her twin brother to death.
2. If you were querying me, what would the teaser of your book be?
When she learns that her brother can use magic, it shatters.
3. Who is your target audience? What genre is your book?
The genre most closely fits Urban Fantasy. It could also be Paranormal, but my demons aren’t from any myth.
4. How did this story come about? Who or what inspired you/this story?
I wrote the first book in October, and the second book in the first ten days of November.
It’s changed a lot since then. I’ve added a character, got rid of a relationship, and let it grow as I did. One of my biggest inspirations for the book was actually when I started learning to speak Chinese. I didn’t know much about Chinese culture when I wrote the book, but listening to my teachers, and now living in Southern China, I’ve had so much inspiration from this beautiful and amazingly complex culture. I really hope it shines through Mia and Derek (the twins), and their interactions with their father.
5. Is this your first book?
6. Why did you enter #PitchMadness?
But the bigger reason is that I’ve wanted to get published since I first read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” when I was six years old, and I thought this might be a good idea. It’s a chance to possibly get my work noticed by an agent, and maybe then by a publisher.
7. Do you have any past experiences with this story you would like to share?
8. What can we expect from your story in the future, do you have any plans?
9. Can we hear an excerpt?
Blair cornered her at school one day. Mia couldn’t find the energy to react as Blair struggled to explain herself. About the visions, about her magic, about not helping when Mia was kidnapped, and about kissing Derek. Her words grated Mia’s nerves, and the conversation ended when Mia held up her middle finger.
Sometimes she felt guilty about her actions. One night she returned late — very late — and heard her parents talking about their concern. She wanted to bust into the room and tell them everything. But the voice reminded her that they didn’t care. They were the ones who pulled away first. They decided to move the entire family to Willow Creek. They worked eleven hour days.
They didn’t care.
She let passivity take over. Steven ensured her it was alright. His words removed the criminality of her actions, even though somewhere she knew it was wrong. When Adelia and Li spoke to her one evening, she almost asked them for help.
*Ignore them,* the voice whispered. *You don’t need help.*
The voice went on, drowning out her other unwanted friend, as well as her own conscience. Often, it was the only thing she could hear.
Sometimes she told the voice to shut up.
Sometimes she ran through the woods to clear her mind.
Sometimes she gave in to the temptation of her only companion.
But every night, she sat in her room, crying, begging for something to save her.
10. Have a website or social media platform for your story?
11. You said this is part of a series. Can you expand on that a bit more? Do you have the entire arc finished?
12. A question about the title. The First Nine. You mentioned four teens. So does that mean these four will be the main characters of all five books, or do you have more planned?
You can connect with Linnea on Twitter @Twin_Lotus