"Jimmy's Legacy" marked the start of my interest in healing - later, the my young adult books BANISHED and UNFORSAKEN featured a teen girl healer. I adore this story, for a number of reasons. It's far from perfect, and as I read it these several years later, I see things I wish I could fix. But that's just an author's sign of life - if you're breathing, you're improving your craft.
Here's a fun little coincidence. I am currently reading my brother Mike Cooper's followup book to CLAWBACK. In it, Silas Cade gets to know his estranged brother. It's a charming (if raucous and bloody) brothers' tale...and so is Jimmy's Legacy. I think it's fun that Mike and I wrote stories imagining what a relationship between adult brothers might be. Neither resembles our relationship (just to make it clear, Mike is not Calder *or* Jimmy, and I'm pretty sure I'm not Dave - although I guess you never know!)
And one more little gem, meant to inspire those among you who are seeking publication and getting discouraged by the long road. When I first submitted "Jimmy's Legacy," I had no agent or book deal. A lot can happen in a few years.
Would it amuse you to see my query letter? I know I was amused... :)
Cemetery Dance magazine
November 26, 2007
I would like to offer you a look at my story, “Jimmy’s Legacy,” which runs 6,600 words. This story made the final round for the upcoming Hardboiled Horror anthology from Notorious Press, edited by Jim Van Pelt.
In “Jimmy’s Legacy,” a young journalist named Calder goes home for his brother Jimmy’s funeral, to discover that his troubled brother picked up the gift of an odd kind of healing before he died. Calder learns that Jimmy used his gift to change the lives of several people including their cruel mother and, in the end, Calder himself.
I have written professionally for ten years, publishing articles in computing, parenting, and women’s magazines, and most recently working as a copy writer and editor for C&T Publishing. I have sold two dozen stories to True Story, True Confessions, and other magazines, and co-authored a primary-school biography (OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES JR.: THE SUPREME COURT AND AMERICAN LEGAL THOUGHT, The Rosen Publishing Group, 2005). I have completed eight novels.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my work.