Title: A MATTER OF MUMMIES
Genre: MG Historical Fantasy
Word Count: 49,000
Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?: If Liadan could be any Star Wars character she would probably be Rey. Because Rey is self-sufficient, brilliant and a total bad-ass.
35 Word Pitch: When mummified murder victims pop up all over Victorian Dublin, girl genius Liadan’s on the case. It’ll take a devoted inspector and some werewolves to help solve it—before Liadan ends up a murder victim herself.
First 250 Words:
Breakfast was oatmeal. Watery. Hateful. Oatmeal. Eating, however, was a far less unpleasant idea than being fed. They would put their hands on her. Force her to eat. Bruising pale skin and laughing. She didn’tlike to be touched. The horrible click of silverware against plates and the dull murmur of the genuinely mad echoed around her with none of the pleasantness she’d once associated with meals taken in company.
After oatmeal, an orderly—with his hand on her shoulder—Insufferable lout—shoved more than led her to her appointment with Dr. O’Toole, a man she had been on precariously equal footing with up until the day she’d woken up to find herself trapped in this place. She couldn’t even remember what happened that night.
She wasn’t really paying attention to what he was saying. The chair she was in was dusty, the fraying fabric far more interesting than he was. Though his bright red mustache did catch her eye. Like a bird to a bit of ribbon. The curly edges flopped as he spoke. Droned. Liadan corrected. He drones. Worse than Sir Andrew, for certain. But a word caught her attention from the stream of dullness.
She blinked, bright green eyes flashing from boredom to alertness. “Excuse me?” she interrupted.
His mustache drooped as he frowned. “I said,” he explained, “I’ve decided a course of electrotherapy would be appropriate for your condition. I’ve scheduled one for you today, in fact. The sooner we start, the sooner you can—”