Pitched as: Stranger Things meets Riverdale with a splash of Guillermo del Toro …
RIFTERS is a YA contemporary fantasy that follows four teen vigilantes as they set out to save their city from monsters.
After his parents were killed during the first breach—a cross-dimensional collision between Earth and the Rift—seventeen-year-old Ayden swore he would avenge their deaths, even if his brother wants nothing more than for him to move on.
With the help of an orphan who lost her family to the Rift, a boy who can create weapons out of electricity, and a girl who’s always been there for him (even when he doesn’t want her to be), Ayden creates the Rifters–a group of vigilante teens who spend their nights dodging the city’s law enforcement to take down the monsters that leak through the Rift.
While fighting, the Rifters accidentally tear a hole between the dimensions that becomes unstable and another collision seems imminent. The monsters double their attacks. People start to go missing. As tensions in the group run high, Ayden falls deeper into the darkness of his own mind. The choice becomes clear, figure out how to destroy the Rift from the inside, or let the collision happen and everyone he knows and loves will die with him.
If you like:
- Ghosts / haunted houses
- Thrilling fight scenes
- Atmospheric, creepy settings that are characters in their own right
- Darker, morally grey characters
- Ownvoices Bisexual Romance
- Kickass Heroines and Soft Boys
- Toxic Friendships
- Heroes to Villains
- Twists and Turns
- Vigilante Justice
Then RIFTERS is for you!
My name is Dannielle Wicks. I write a lot of YA fantasy and have been previously published by a small indie press for some paranormal titles (2015-2017). I love animals, especially my 3 beautiful dogs. I am Bisexual and proud. When I’m not writing, I work full-time in the IT industry fixing computers and flying drones. I also drive a dirt track race car and love to garden!
Writing Goals / Mentee Attitude:
I’ve been dreaming of becoming traditionally published for years now, and have queried a handful of YA fantasy’s in the past. RIFTERS, however, has never seen an agent’s inbox, and I’m excited to dive into the trenches when it’s ready. As a mentee I will be hard-working and full of enthusiasm. I know it takes a lot of work to make a manuscript the best it can be and I’m willing to put in the hard yards. I love revising and am not afraid to completely re-write and going over something multiple times until it’s right.
A Handful of my Recent Favourites:
- The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
- How To Train Your Dragon (#3 absolutely killed me!)
- Sanctuary – Welshly Arms
- Venom (2018)
- A Reaper At The Gates – Sabaa Tahir
- Titans (Netflix)
- Riverdale (Netflix)
- Pacific Rim
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
- Bring Me The Horizon
Thank you so much for reading and taking an interest in me!
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Author Mentor Match—or AMM for short—opens for submissions for Round 6 from March 1-5, 2019. AMM is a mentoring program that matches YA and MG writers with published or pre-published authors.