As part of my writing research I've been reading a book called, Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson. Turns out that because my novel is about a young woman who is eighteen that it falls into the NA category (actually there is a bit more to it than that.) This is something that I hadn’t been aware of when I started writing, in fact I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as New Adult Fiction. I was aware that the Young Adult market is quite saturated and difficult to break into, so when I had the idea of writing a novel I did have it in the back of my mind that I could overcome this problem by making my protagonist just that bit older, not realizing that this would take me into NA territory. If you haven't heard of NA that may be because it has only been a category for about five years, so it’s still pretty new, which I think is quite exciting. Anyway in her book Deborah recommends writing a hook when you start work on your novel. The hook provides a brief description of what the story is about. Having a hook provides the writer with a tool to help them understand their goals for their writing and it all helps to sell the book when it’s finished by telling readers what the story is about. Taking her advice, I decided to come up with a hook for my novel ‘Hunting Party.’ Here it is. Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.
Whisper Lynn Collins is forced to flee her home in the impoverished backwaters of Louisiana, when her family become victims of vigilante justice. Left with little more than the cloths on her back and the desire to reinvent herself, the young women must rely on wits, cunning and charm to survive.