As many of you know, I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to attend the Writer’s Digest West Conference. The main draw of this shindig is to get a chance to bounce the idea of this book off of some industry folk. Just getting my feet wet a little bit, in my attempt to do this writing thing some justice. We’ll see how it pans out.

In the meantime, here is the pitch I’m working with, for those of you who are curious. The book is called The Collector’s Legacy, and fits somewhere in the young adult paranormal thriller spectrum.

Gabe Decker is sick of being the biggest loser in east Texas’s smallest town. He’s even more sick of his deadbeat, drunken father. Unfortunately, the week he’s set to leave for college, he finds his dad dead on the bedroom floor. Now, his bossy sister wants him to forget college and take care of his dad’s affairs, a mysterious stone is giving him strange visions, and a creature from hell informs him that his father moonlighted as a monster hunter to pay off a family blood debt. And if Gabe doesn’t follow in his footsteps, he will be cursed to become a monster himself. Gabe has two choices: go to college, run away from home and his father’s broken legacy — the life he’s always wanted — or stay to unravel the mystery of his father’s death and fight his personal demons… and maybe a few literal ones, too.

I won’t be saying that exactly as-is, I’m just viewing that as the template that I’m pitching from. I get 90 seconds to rattle that off aloud, and then I get 90 seconds of feedback.

Those of you that have known me for awhile will recognize that many elements of this story pull from my own life. Namely the monster hunter thing.

Wish me luck, folks.

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