The Writer’s Voice – Wild is the Wind, YA literary ghost story

So I am beyond tickled (and thanking Rafflecopter!) that I was lucky enough to win a ticket to enter The Writer’s Voice. Thanks so much, Krista, BrendaMónica, ElizabethNikki, and Kimberly for all your hard work with this!

Dear Reader,

Love me, love me. Say you do. 

Love is the first risk seventeen-year-old Emily has ever been willing to take. But after a fateful first kiss with her best friend Javier, Emily’s lungs fill with brackish water and she sees her dead mother beckoning from the bottom of the lake where she killed herself. Now the closer Emily moves to Javier, the stronger the ghost grows until Emily fears that one more kiss could drown her for real.

Let me fly away with you.

Then a mysterious letter guides Emily to a Chicago psychic, who she discovers is her estranged grandmother. Now Emily’s helping to de-hoard her grandmother’s tarot parlor in exchange for her professional assistance in banishing the ghost. Though her search for answers takes Emily through Slavic mythology and gypsy folklore, she finds her her biggest clues when she realizes her love of order and Gran’s need for clutter bury the same seeping wound of grief. But to keep the only boy worth the price of love, Emily must dive even deeper, straight to the dark bottom of her own heart to discover: Is she haunted? Or is she the ghost?

With your kiss my life begins.

At 65,000 words, Wild is the Wind is a YA literary ghost story that explores how the connections of love transcend the boundaries of distance, fear, and death. The novel will appeal to fans of Imaginary Girls and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I was a Pitch Wars 2014 participant, and my publication credits include MoondanceSunOasisThe Rose & Thorn, and Rambles.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Tracie Martin

Member, SCBWI


Starry summer nights. Fireworks and a first kiss. The sweetest of all things in life.

I was on my way to Javier’s, plotting a safe path through the thicket of our sexual tension, when that scent pulled me like a siren’s beckoning finger. I stopped, keys in hand, in front of the mailbox, searching for the source. Bills. Bills. Two glossy brochures from colleges I’d already refused to consider.

The anxiety ants twitched in my palms.

I shoved my hands into my pockets and did my breathing exercise, which I hated but they worked in a pinch. Goddamn Aunt Lise. After our last argument, she promised to leave it alone. I was tempted to serve her dinner on a bird’s nest of shredded admissions literature, but I refused to waste a beautiful mole sauce or hand her an opportunity to reopen the discussion of out-of-state colleges. Everyone knew that I’d never leave Prairie Glen.

This junk was going straight to the recycling center. I shoved the mail in my bag, and my fingertips grazed a thick envelope, the ridges of an embossed foil seal. The scent of flowers filled the air, a breathy sigh, something rich and seductive I couldn’t place. I inhaled, snuggling into the fragrance. Yes, yes. That was it. Images exploded in my mind. Snow cones at the beach. Sunset and sunrise shaking hands at dusk and dawn.

The envelope looked handmade, little filaments of pink and blue, small flower petals entombed in the fibers…

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29 thoughts on “The Writer’s Voice – Wild is the Wind, YA literary ghost story

  1. I like the concept of this story. Very intriguing! Good Luck!

  2. There’s a lot of us Michiganders in this competition, residents and ex-pats alike! Nice to see. 🙂

    Well, your query is perfect. I wish you a lot of luck with this one!

    1. Shawn, I forgot to tell you when I commented on your entry that I’m a Michigander too! (Even though I now live in VT…I grew up in MI and attended U of M. Love the mitten)

      1. Go Blue, Sarah! I graduated from U of M in 2000!

  3. “Wait ‘Till Helen Comes” plus Slavic folklore served in a bird’s nest of shredded admission literature? Yes please 🙂

    1. I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! How on earth did I go through middle school without finding this? Did you ever read the Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts?

  4. I’m still so in love with this story. Fingers crossed, chickie!

    1. Thanks Janet!!!! And back atcha, although I don’t think you need my good wishes to win you a spot on a team. I think you’ll get snapped up in a hot second.

  5. Great concept, and such a magical spot to leave us. I can just smell those flowers!

    1. Thanks Kip, and you know we all want still more details, right????

  6. I loved your entry. your query sounds really interesting! Good luck!

    1. Hi Kim – Thanks!! And best of luck to you, too.

  7. Good luck in the competition!

    1. Hey Annette! Thanks so much. Good luck!!

  8. This MC has a great voice! Very engaging, and a solid plot too. Best of luck– I’ll keep my fingers crossed for my fellow Michiganders.

  9. Thanks Sarah! I love all the Mitten-Heads in this group!

  10. “plotting a safe path through the thicket of our sexual tension” – egads, writer Tracie! Love, love that phrase :0

    Good luck!

  11. Great voice and beyond intriguing premise – I wanted to keep reading! Best of luck!

    1. Hi Amber, thanks so much for the lovely compliments! I LOVE your title and tone. Best of luck!

  12. I’m a sucker for a good ghost story! Best of luck.

  13. I love the imagery! Good luck in the contest!

    1. What a coincidence! I’m reading yours this nanosecond. 🙂 Hi, neighbor 🙂

  14. Excellent first 250 words which I’m sure are followed by more. Interesting premise and unique voice.

    1. Thanks so much! It means a lot, because yours is one of the best I’ve seen. I’ll be jiggered if you’re not snapped up in a hot second.

  15. Beautiful writing. Really unique premise. Love it!

    1. Thanks, Amanda! Fingers crossed for you. 🙂

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