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The Blog of Anya Harker » Blog Archive » The Writer’s Voice; Query & First 250

Plot from Query:
When seventeen-year-old Gwen Masterson finds an enchanted book that whisks her back in time, she has no idea she’s about to become the most wanted woman in Camelot. As a modern girl in a medieval world, she is the key that will allow the golden age of King Arthur to flourish.

 

What starts out as fun and games turns into a nightmare when she becomes trapped in Camelot. Gwen unravels the larger plot – engineered by Merlin – to change the past by finding find a strong woman who will remain loyal to the king. However, such a plan can only work if the participants are willing and Gwen certainly is not. She loathes living in this male-dominated society and wants nothing to do with the arrogant boy-king. The idea of falling in love with Arthur the Neanderthal is ridiculous and yet she’s betrothed to him! To make matters worse, thanks to Merlin’s meddling, Gwen’s life hangs in the balance as she finds herself at the top of Morgana’s ‘people to kill’ list after several assassination attempts.

 

As Gwen’s unwanted wedding day grows closer, all she wants to do is leave Arthur at the altar and find a way home. She refuses to be anyone’s pawn – but when her brother Leigh finds the book and becomes trapped in the past as well, Gwen no longer has a choice. With Leigh now in Morgana’s clutches, Gwen will have to follow a new destiny in order to save not only her brother, but her future and all of Camelot.

 

First 250 Words – *UPDATED to Chapter 1 Pages*

She had promised herself she wouldn’t cry today.

 

“I’m so sorry for your loss.”

 

“He was such a good man.”

 

Their words blended together as the mourners passed her by in single-file. Gwen Masterson could barely respond beyond a tip of her head in acknowledgement, her eyes staring straight ahead. Seven years ago, she had stood six feet to the right of this plot of grass on the day they buried her mother. The landscape hadn’t changed much in the intervening years, though the trees were a bit taller and there were a more headstones dotted around. Gwen remembered that day being much the same as it was today: unseasonably cold with dark clouds hanging low in the sky, threatening rain at any moment. The bright flowers resting on the lid of her father’s casket stood out in contrast to the ominous backdrop.

 

“He was so young…”

 

“I can’t imagine what you must be going through.”

 

Gwen clasped her hands in front of her black patterned skirt, squeezing them as hard as she could. She was burying her father after his long, and ultimately unsuccessful, battle with cancer. The last thing she needed was to cause a scene, though all she wanted to do was scream and shake the nearest person until they showed some bit of genuine emotion. Her nails imprinted red crescents onto her palms as she tried to hold her tongue and keep the plastic smile on her face.

42 Responses to “The Writer’s Voice; Query & First 250”

  1. OMG I LOVE this!!!! And not just because the premise has similarities to mine (modern girl in literature’s past – though mine is the 16th century, not medieval), though obviously it is a concept I am into, but because it sounds amazing! I totally want to read it. Good luck!

  2. lexcade says:

    I’m so glad you made it in! Best of luck <3

  3. Mia K Rose says:

    Stopping by to wish you good luck with The Writer’s Voice. :)

  4. Marieke says:

    Love this premise! Nothing beats a good Arthurian tale :) Good luck!

    • Anya Harker says:

      No, nothing does beat a good Arthurian tale! Here’s hoping the coaches feel the same!!

  5. Sarah Ahiers says:

    woo hoo! Congrats for making it in!

  6. Wishing you the best! Good luck and good query too!

  7. Oh, lovely query! Good luck!

  8. Faith says:

    Love it! I have always loved Camelot though, and then there is that displaced time thing… Good Luck!!

    • Anya Harker says:

      I have always loved Camelot too. It’s just such a fun area. <3 Thanks, Faithy.

  9. RaeChell says:

    Good luck, Anya!

  10. Becca C. says:

    I do love a good twist on Camelot. :) Entry looks great – good luck in the contest!

  11. Krysten Hill says:

    Oh! This is the infamous Avalon Rising! An interesting concept. I have a feeling that if this happened to me, I’d be exactly in Gwen’s shoes…

    Best of luck!

    – #41

    • Anya Harker says:

      The infamous AVALON RISING? X) I didn’t realise I was infamous! Thank you, hun, and best of luck to you too!

  12. Bethan Myers says:

    Good luck, Anya. I was a bit surprised the story opened with Arthur since the query is from Gwen’s point of view. It works though. I love a good boy POV.

    Cheers!

    • Anya Harker says:

      Thanks, Bethany! The book is actually a multi-POV, but Gwen is the heroine and we spend the most time in her head. I just wanted the Arthur at the beginning to be a perfect drop into the Arthurian world! *hug*

  13. Jane Lebak says:

    Oh, WOW, Anya, this story has grown so so so much since the first time I saw it! I’m beaming!

    Best of luck!!!

    • Anya Harker says:

      Well, to get a beaming response from you, I must be doing something right! You gave some wonderful advice! Thanks, hun. <3<3<3

  14. April Wall says:

    Neat twist on A Kid in King Arthur’s Court :) Good luck in the contest! -April, #61

    • Anya Harker says:

      You know, I totally forgot about that movie until you mentioned it! I know what I’m going to try and find again. Thanks and good luck to you as well! xx

  15. SC Author says:

    I love this concept! It’s such a tricky spot for Gwen since she is a confident girl and yet the fate of Camelot depends on her being subservient. Nice historical fantasy twist! Love the premise! Great job, and good luck!

    SC (#159)

    • Anya Harker says:

      Thanks so much! Yes it is quite the tricky spot and glad that came across so well!! Good luck to you as well. :^]

  16. Hi Anya, I’m visiting your blog from the Writer’s Voice Contest (entry #58), and I wanted to wish you the best of luck! Nice to meet you.

  17. Best of luck, Anya! :D

  18. I remember this query from AQC. :)

    Love this and lots of luck to you!

  19. Krystalyn says:

    Ooh, sounds like it was inspired by A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Such great fun. Good luck!

    Krystalyn #87

  20. I love anything to do with King Arthur.
    Best of luck!
    Carolyn, #157

  21. Fun concept and great 250 words! I love the details, and the absence of dialogue tags help us to be in the haze of hurt with Gwen. Well done!

  22. Kari says:

    Love it!
    Best of luck! <3

  23. Just wanted to circle back around here and let you know that your entry was on my short short list. I loved the idea of Merlin whisking a strong, modern girl back to King Arthur’s court to act as a foil to Guinevere, and I especially loved that she wasn’t so willing to go along with the plan:) That said, I’ve seen a ton of YA queries lately that revolve around the Arthurian legend, and I worried that our agents wouldn’t find this as original.

    Best of luck to you and your manuscript. I truly hope you find your perfect agent match soon, because I would love to read this:)

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