After an embarrassingly mundane death, fifteen-year-old Chloe demands that the Grim Reaper gives her a second chance at life. But she soon discovers that the process is far more bureaucratic than she had expected.
Chasing Shadows is a young adult fantasy novel of 68,000 words, which I am presently pitching to agents in the UK.
If you’ve had the chance to look the “About Me” section on my home page, you’ll know that I first got the inspiration for this novel while volunteering at a local undertaker’s parlor, learning about embalming. In my short time there, I discovered some fascinating traditions and beliefs surrounding death and it really opened my eyes to how many different cultures exist in my quiet English village.
When I left the undertakers for a full time job, my interest in these cultures stayed with me and I spent a great deal of time researching funerary traditions from around the world, before finally settling my interest on personifications of death. So, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that Chasing Shadows is full of Gods and mythological figures; some of which you’ve heard of and some of which you certainly haven’t.
But despite the theme, I’d like to think that Chasing Shadows is far from being overly serious or somber. I’ve aimed for a light-hearted tone that I hope will make these traditions and characters as fascinating to you as they are for me.
As I work on this debut novel, I want to share some of the process with you, so go ahead and click on the “Chasing Shadows” tab at the top of the page to find out more!