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Hi, I'm Theresa. I write MG and YA, both contemporary and contemporary. This year, for Pitch Wars, I'm submitting a YA contemporary that deals with a parent with a mental disorder and ...


YA Contemporary: UNSTITCHING SLOANE

Pitch:
When her dad takes off, seventeen-year-old Sloane must abandon her dream of going to design school or risk her younger sister’s safety in order to keep her unstable mom from unraveling altogether.

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old goth girl, Sloane Walsh, dreams of becoming a fashion designer and plans to score a scholarship to a design school and escape her hell home. But Dad ditches his responsibilities when he takes a job transfer, leaving Sloane to care for her erratically-behaved, mentally-ill mother and protect her sister from her mother’s abuse. No way she can bail now. With her dreams in jeopardy, she searches for a new plan. To cope with the mounting responsibilities, she pours her feelings into her Creative Writing Club journal.

In the Club, is, of all people, her school’s star quarterback. Turns out he isn’t a typical dumb jock. But freaks don’t like football players and football players don’t like freaks. One night, she catches a ride from him. They wind up connecting in ways she couldn’t have imagined. He’s scored a football scholarship to a school on the other side of the country, and she clutches to the fantasy of escaping there too. But they have no relationship outside of his R8 Spyder. As Sloane’s feelings for him grow, she realizes she can’t be anyone’s secret. She’s got too many of her own.

Her biggest secret is her mother. As Mom’s attacks escalate and conditions at home deteriorate, Sloane has to decide if she can continue taking the physical and mental abuse and allow her mother’s needs eclipse her own.



About Me: 
I live in the Boston area. I've got a husband, 2 children, a cat and a dog. By day, I'm a middle school special education teacher.

Here's me in Boston yesterday with my husband. 
I'm wearing my necklace that reads:
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."


This is Luna Lovecat.
She's refusing to be a reliable muse.



Hobbies:
Writing, of course
Reading and writing poetry (I've got a little book published by Vine Leaves Press.)
Riding my bike
Cooking and eating out
Reading (of course)
Spending too much time on social media

TV:
The Good Place
AP Bio
Shark Tank
Impractical Jokers
Good Omens series
The Office
30 Rock
Arrested Development

Books:
Good Omens
The Sun Is Also a Star
A Monster Calls
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Harry Potter
Charlotte's Web
Ordinary People
Spinning Silver
Skellig
and more ...

Can't wait to meet you all. More bios HERE. 

You can find me on Twitter too @TheresaMilstein


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