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Dear (name of agent):
Since childhood, sixteen-year-old Malory has been a hardcore gamer like her two best friends, Chloe and Tilda. One night, while her parents are away, Malory confesses she can’t fix a mysterious video game called Untitled. Of course, Chloe and Tilda offer their help. But the experience might be a little different from what they expect.
Fickle. Diseased. Wonderfully imaginative. That’s how everyone describes Malory. And the world she accidentally gave birth to is in her image. As soon as Chloe runs the game on the computer, the three girls dematerialize and get sucked into the video game. But is it really a video game?
Impossible to tell whether you’re going to live your wildest dream or your eeriest nightmare: Untitled’s realm went haywire since a tyrant, J-L Veneroso, took control of it. And J-L seems to know many secrets. Doctor-Freak-Malory, Captain-Future-Chloe and Sissy-Tilda have to find and stop J-L if they want the game to be fixed . . . and a chance to go back to reality.
MADNESS RIDERS: THE HERO SYNDROME (62,390 words) is a YA contemporary dark fantasy. It is the first book of a series. It tackles edgy themes like incest, immoral relationships and their long-term damage, suicide and addiction, but also coming-of-age matters. When you’re in a total mess because of teen angst and you struggle to accept your difference, wondering about your dreams in a society that is a threat to freedom, what can you do other than take refuge in a never-never world to try to find answers? My concept can be reminiscent of Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde or Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff. This will appeal to fans of fantasy and gamers alike.
I’m currently studying French language and literature. I occasionally run writing, art and computer workshops for children. My first publication is a collection of dark erotica short stories titled Les Agonies de l’Innocence (Tabou Editions, June 2013).
Thank you very much for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours sincerely, Violetta Liddell