Hello, everyone. I'm new and this is my first query letter. (But not my first draft. I wouldn't do that to you.) Here goes.
STERNENDACH: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE IN VERSE is a paranormal coming-of-age story written in 250 Pushkin sonnets. It is complete at 24,000 words.
In 1897, hunter Athanasius Heller slew the vampire Graf of Sternendach. Seventy years later, Athanasius’s descendant Kunigunde holds a diamond pendant in her hands and hates how she and her family are trapped by the consequences of that bloody deed. Her grandmother Luzia, canny hunter and Heller clan matriarch, has told her how the New Graf killed Athanasius, and then bound the rest of the family in a treaty: Hellers don’t kill vampires, and vampires don’t kill humans. If either side breaks faith, it will mean war.
Kunigunde is nineteen, and soon it will be her job to keep the peace. She has studied. She has trained. And she has fallen in love with the Graf, who gave her the diamond, access to his magnificent library, and a spectacular view of the stars from the highest tower of his castle.
Luzia still nurses dreams of revenge. However, a stash of old letters discovered in the Graf’s library reveal to Kunigunde a very different story than what she’s believed all her life. Will she defy her grandmother’s wrath and her family’s traditions to be with the one she loves, or will she fulfill her duty to become his enemy?
I am a recovering academic who thought writing my first novel in prose would be too difficult. Thank you for your time and consideration.