Okay here goes. I have been writing for a while now and my book is set in Africa.
I have explored this forum and found nothing quite like what I am working on and so no critique partner at the moment. Would anyone have an idea what genre my MS falls into? and anyone around writing something similar?
Below is an excerpt of the a query letter ( a draft).
In the dark early morning of a West African day, Maria Aliman faces a dilemma – to open the window for a fugitive; a treasonable offence punishable by the firing squad, or to keep him locked out knowing it would mean his death, she chooses the former and It triggers a series of events that leads to her son’s (prisoner of war) escape.
Maria does not worry about the mad general, nor is she bothered by his decree - making the Baojis second class citizens thus courting a civil war. Her main worry is her pretty maid who has caught the eyes of her son and her husband. She becomes vigilant, watching the girl’s every step. And eventually spots the tell-tale of pregnancy.
Both men accuse each other and Maria’s home is ripped apart. Rather than face up to his father, her son runs from home to join the army. A civil war starts and in time he is captured prisoner of war. Things get worse; her husband is implicated in a coup, tried, convicted and executed. She is left with one relative – the unborn baby in the maid’s womb.
But the rebels invade the city, raping, plundering and murdering. It is more than the pregnant maid can bear. She dies giving birth.
The general’s army retake the city and the rebels flee. But not before many of them are slaughtered in the streets. One of them finds his way to Maria’s window and begs to be taken in. She obliges, helping him escape.
The fugitive helps a dying soldier he finds in the forest who in turn rescues a boy about to be strangled by an enemy soldier. The little boy is captured and put in the same cell as Maria Aliman’s son.
Together, with the little boy’s guile, they escape.