I've been writing for a little over half my life now (although not always objectively "well" -- oh, those handwritten childhood stories...!), and I've spent the last 5-6 years really pulling some of my ideas together and applying more of what I've learned as I go through each new project and revisions. Does it make me a total nerd to say I've loved doing this?
One of my manuscripts is at the stage where it can/should be looked at by others. I've got writer friends who are wonderful and and honest (as in I've rewritten entire chunks of a book because they straight up told me something did not work, so I know there's no pulled punches), but I know I could benefit from another set of eyes.
As the subject says, it's a single-POV adult contemporary romance in the 90-95k range (range in case I get my happy little editing paws on it in the very near future!). I'm currently unagented, but am hoping to query one day with the right project.
Books I've ready this year and loved have been Emily Henry's Beach Read, Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising, and Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. I'm currently reading and enjoying Bridget Morrissey's Love Scenes, and I am savoring the last TJR book from her backlist I haven't read (After I Do) before I'm fresh out of her work until the next release. Books like these are ones I feel like speak to me and my interests -- I love a love story and it is what will make or break any book/TV show/film for me, but I really like couching it in something that explores the leads' lives outside of that and how they unite to support each other (or sabotage... but this project is all about support!).
I love historical and fantasy romance, but I'm not the best person to CP it. My strength does lie in contemporary, and I can do some speculative elements if I know that's what's coming!
The best place to contact me is my Instagram - @emmiemarch92 - or by replying to this thread! Happy to chat things out to determine fit, expectations, time constraints, etc. before exchanging more information and pages, too.
P.S. the E and O keys on my computer are STRUGGLING right now, so please excuse any typos I couldn't catch with my late-day eyes! Haha.
SEA ISLANDS has the flavors of 'Southern familial ties that bind' found in Kristy Woodson Harvey's Slightly South of Simple mixed with finding the strength to change and courage to forgive in Kristin Hannah's Distant Shores.
About the book: Before Gage died, Shelby Collins made two oaths to her son: keep writing and remain a family. But when a ghostwriting memoir assignment takes her from the familiar islands of Southern California to South Carolina's mystical Lowcountry, she's forced to choose between a promise made and an unexpected second chance at happiness. With a rebellious nineteen-year-old daughter in tow, Shelby meets a new tribe: formidable culinary icon Addie May bursting with a fifty-year-old secret, her salty cohort Gullah chef Cookie Jones, and New York environmental attorney-turned-florist Luke Bridges. Shelby finds healing within Bluffton's Palmetto Bluff community as her soulful daughter Kara finds all-encompassing love on nearby Hilton Head Island. Finally, after waves of turbulence on both coasts, the cookbook/memoir goes to print and Shelby decides crucial family decisions demand attention. The islands of Southern California and South Carolina play pivotal characters, as does Gullah cuisine, which Southernkitchen.com declared "the next big thing in Southern food." The novel is a stand-alone book but is planned as a trilogy.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a liberal studies degree focused on literature, my husband and I raised our family in Newport Beach, California. However, my family is from the South, and I spent twenty summers with my husband and children in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. My professional background is in writing, marketing, film production, and meaningful nonprofit work with families facing life-threatening pediatric illnesses.