Title: BEYOND THE NORTH STAR
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Word Count: 71, 000
Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? My character, Tethys, would definitely pick Han Solo, but only so she can keep his ship. My other MC, Pan, would most likely pick a young, sane Anakin. They both tend to act on impulse and always have some smart remark to provide.
35 Word Pitch: 17-year-old Captain Tethys teams with Pan to regain his planet from malicious conqueror Wendowlyn–her family’s killer. They must stop Wendowlyn from gaining the biological key, protected in Pan’s planet, before she overtakes the galaxy.
First 250 Words:
It’s here. Today, everything I’ve worked toward will be mine: the title of captain, the finest ship in the galaxy, and the open-space freedom.
My uncle’s voice seeps into my head. “Is there freedom in the promise of war, Tethys? Will you demand it with the point of your sword?”
I clench my eyes. No, won’t go there. If ever I needed confidence, it’s today. Focus on the final trial, on your last test.
My boots move soundlessly over the training hall’s sleek, metal floor. From ground up, the domed, reflective glass panels ripple like a snake’s glossy skin to reveal the Guta moon and the sun peeking just over its shoulder. I inhale the familiar stringent scent of a recently sterilized room. And in the hazy glow of early morning, the cavernous room atop the Acquisition Starship wraps me in the chill and quietness of deep space.
Yet nothing can still the wild thrumming of my heart.
My gaze shifts down to one of the station’s sealed, outdoor bridges. There, my ship hovers in thesea of stars—an art form of wood and metal docked in the space harbor along with the other warring vessels. I press my palm against the cool, curved glass of the training room, and imagine I’m at the helm with nothing but silver-speckled darkness.
“Soon,” I whisper.
With a chime, the haloscreen flashes across the window. I step back as digital numbers scroll by announcing it’s past first call, and still this place is empty.