My B.A.s are in Creative Writing and German Language and Literature. Originally, I started off with over 8 years of Spanish experience before switching to German my freshman year of college. Languages have always been my thing, and I've picked up a few here more and there. This manuscript was inspired by my love of all things international and cultural. It draws from my time studying abroad throughout Germany's Sachsen-Anhalt region. I taught English as a second language in Germany before going on to teach German as a second language in the US. I've also worked as a researcher/assistant in an academic library. We'd find the weirdest things in returned books; a cooked piece of bacon, beatnik poems, a piece of cloth with the word "POO" stenciled on it. There was a Wall of Shame.
Twenty-two-year-old Sadie Bauer never imagined her opera career would take her deep into the Harz Mountains and land her among the tents of a mystical circus. Sadie has heard the call, a supernatural draw that forces her to put all inhibitions aside and accept her best friend’s offer to become the star vocalist for Emma’s uncle’s Zirkus. When mystical abilities come into play, Sadie’s voice isn’t the only thing she’ll have trouble controlling.
Sadie is granted the rarest ability of all, enchanting. Using only her voice, she transforms the stage into elaborate scenes. Concrete is replaced by ancient cobblestones. Guy wires morph into vines that snake up the rigging. Acrobats sprout wings as they transform into hummingbirds and fly around the Big Top.
- Taking control versus letting go
- Self-acceptance and partner/friend acceptance
- A strong sense of community
- Heightened emotions
- Identity and labels
About me and my style:
I’m willing to make changes. You can’t get better if you don’t edit, edit, edit. There will be some things we need to get rid of right away. I get it. 50 pages? Sure. If you want to combine characters or don't like a character, I'll do everything I can to make changes. Let's talk it out and get the scissors snipping. I have the research to fill the plot holes. If you have words or phrases I need to nix right away, then tell me. I will comb this monster from top to bottom, add some mousse, and leave it with a nice coif.
Deadlines are my jam. Seriously, give me a deadline, and I'll have it to you the day before. I love schedules and timelines. I'm German. Punctuality is something we pride ourselves on. It's like garden figurines and going on walks. We have a knack for these things.
This is an LGBT+ novel but being LGBT+ doesn't drive the plot. Zirkus is about people from all nationalities, races, religions, cultures, ethnicities, and sexualities coming together to form one big troupe. They're a giant mystical diverse family. This is an LGBT+ novel centered around LGBT+ characters. The main characters are young 20-somethings figuring out who they are and what they want in their new relationships. However, this is secondary to them having mystical powers and trying not to die. Priorities, am I right?