Title: The Missing
Author: Jerico Lenk
Genre: YA supernatural, LGBTQ
Release Date: October 10th, 2017
Dark proclivities, excess, and outlandish curiosities prevail in 1890's London. Around the city, a battle rages between the living and the dead. The Black Cross, tasked to keep the peace, are quickly losing ground.
Sixteen-year-old Willow Winchester, lives life as a boy called "Will" in his father's house of distinguished ladies, all but invisible to the wealthy Londoners who frequent. It's an easy ruse since his mother's death left his father's attention to fall upon business matters. But this isn't his only secret.
When Will unwittingly becomes involved in a Black Cross ghost hunt, his uncanny ability to sense supernatural beings comes to light and the Black Cross wants him in their service. Suddenly, Will's free to be himself.
But such freedom will come with a price, as Will fights for the acceptance of the only father he's ever known.
Now, part of a team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn't the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about those who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself.
Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?
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If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing
Writing can be hard work. I underestimated the editing work that comes after pounding out 100K words night after night drinking too much caffeine, staying up until 3 a.m., laptop screen glowing in the dark. I thought, Well, some proofreading and a bit of revising, and we’re good to go. Hell no. First of all, wow 100K words. Lenk, you’re prolific but stubborn, and isolated, and inexperienced, now kill your God damn darlings and get ready for the publishing/editing process of writing, and rewriting, and rewriting again, and revising and essentially rewriting a third time. Damn, if that wasn’t stressful, but the book is now what it was meant to be. So – worth it.
About the Author:
Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.
Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.
His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6x6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.
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