Title: LOVE SONG
Category/Genre: Adult Women’s Fiction
Word Count: 77,000 words
How Did You Fall for Writing:
In the first grade, I started writing Little Orphan Annie fan fiction with my cousin in the back of the bus. Then came journaling–then writing music. I’ve never looked back!
Dear Fabulous Agent,
I am seeking representation for my novel, LOVE SONG, which combines the heartwarming feel of P.S. I Love You with the lyricism of The Light Between Oceans.
When Atlanta-area church musician Miriam Tedesco stumbles across an app written by her daughter, a programming whiz—one that uses social media to direct a cross-country road trip—it feels like a message from beyond the grave. It’s a year since her husband and twin teenagers perished in a freak accident on the West Coast, and she’s just beginning to realize how thoroughly she’s closed herself off from life.
Armed with her husband’s guitar, her daughter’s cello, and her son’s unfinished piano sonata, she embarks on a musical pilgrimage to the place where they died, hoping to honor the family she gave up her own dreams to raise and purge the guilt of feeling she never loved them well enough in life. But when she picks up a young, pregnant hitchhiker whose social media savvy causes the road trip to go viral, Miriam’s private memorial becomes anything but. Suddenly, she’s juggling everything from a wannabe reality TV diva to homegrown paparazzi.
Tornadoes, street performances, impromptu UFO watch parties…ready or not, Miriam’s world is coming back to life. But as she struggles to keep her focus on the reason she set out on this journey in the first place, she has to confront the possibility that the best way to honor her lost family might be to come clean about the one thing she never wanted them to know.
LOVE SONG draws upon my thirty years’ experience as a classical flutist and church musician. My last manuscript won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s 2016 Rising Star contest. I write regularly for magazines and have published a trio of short nonfiction books with Liguori Publications, as well as a number of musical works for instrumental and choral ensembles. Other writing credits include Apeiron Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul and All Things Considered.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
First 250 words:
On her thirty-eighth birthday, Miriam Tedesco received flowers from a ghost.
She didn’t need the blatant reminder that the universe hated her. She’d known for a year. And if she’d had any doubts, they vanished the moment she got called to lead music for a funeral on a day she should have been at home, nursing her own loss.
“Miriam!” the hospitality director greeted her at the church door. “Thank God you’re here. I need the key for the janitor’s closet. A kid threw up in the cry room.”
A second volunteer touched her shoulder, not quite meeting her eyes. “Miriam, the reserved signs are missing. Do you know where they are?”
“Hey, guys!” said one of her choir members. “Somebody’s gotta talk to those readers. They both have the same Scripture, and it’s getting ugly up there.”
Miriam tried to point out that there were two readings, and it shouldn’t be that hard to satisfy everyone, but her voice wouldn’t work. Heart pounding, roaring ears—was she having a panic attack? And why didn’t anyone seem to notice?
Usually, she relished the way people at St. Greg’s counted on her institutional knowledge, her competence, for things beyond her musical expertise. She’d worked here long enough to know a music director in a Catholic parish did much more than play music.
But it sure seemed like the good Lord could’ve cut her a break on the first anniversary of the day her husband and kids had died.