I’m seeking representation for THE WATER CHILD, a 65,000-word YA contemporary set in Japan during the 2011 tsunami.
Most promises don’t last a lifetime, but for hometown girls Tora Hayashi and Sakura Suzuki, best friend vows mean forever. That is, until the girls move to Tokyo where Tora’s pearl-diving heritage is no longer a class act and Tora is forced to realize that their friendship is changing. To make matters worse, Tora is abandoned by the one person who promised never to leave her, Okaasan, her own mother.
Desperate to find her mother and restore her friendship, Tora invites Sakura on a cross-country journey to her hometown, where her family keeps an ancestral shrine. There, Tora is sure she’ll discover the truth about her mother’s disappearance and convince her mother to return home. But the spring break trip soon turns into a nightmare when a black wall of water stampedes the city.
Every new friendship gained along their trip is broken as the tsunami sucks the city dry and throws impossible obstacles in their way. In a desolate landscape, void of friends and family, Tora must fight to find and save the lost, using the only skill her mother gave her – diving for pearls – a lost art that Tora has set aside. But as Tora quickly learns, there is more than one wave in a tsunami, and more than one way to save a life.
This story was born out of my volunteer efforts in Hokkaido working with youth. My extended family lives in Japan and spent years aiding the victims of the 2011 Tohoku quake. I’ve pulled extensively from this experience in addition to my own. I’m a member of SCWBI, Pitch Slam finalist and have several magazine publications, including cover stories.
Thank you for your time and consideration,