Prequel in the Works

Happy New Year everyone! You can tell how busy it’s been if I’m only finally getting around to a new year post. But it’s a good kind of busy, a busy that means I’ve been writing and editing and planning new stories to get out to the world.

I’m happy to share some book news with you, a little project I was pleasantly surprised to get the chance to work on. A prequel. I’ve never written one of these before, but when I had the chance to talk with my editor and come up with something, I was right on board. So…I’m excited to announce my dystopian novel currently titled ALL THAT’S BETWEEN US. It’s a prequel (with a Romeo and Juliet feel) to my novel STING, my first book under contract with my publisher, Entangled.

I can’t wait to share more about it with you when I have the info. It should be out in the middle of next year, and it’s already been a fun and challenging new project to work on.

I hope you’re all having an exciting new year!


YA Near-Future Sci-Fi – INTO THE DEEP

It’s such an honor to be able to act as a judge in #pitchslam this year. I entered this contest last year and ended up as a finalist with the manuscript I found an agent with. It’s a wonderful contest with great feedback. One of the things the team likes to do is put up our own sample “entries” just as the entrants do. This is so A) you have a chance to see how to submit your final entry and B) you can try your hand at feedback–on us!

Just something fun to do while you’re either waiting for feedback or working on polishing your entry. So, here it is!


Name: Cindy R. Wilson

Genre: YA Near-Future Sci-fi

Title: Into the Deep

Word Count: 79,000

If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?: My character would be Finn because she really wants to do the right thing despite what she’s gone through in her life. She will also do anything for the people she loves, even if it means making her own sacrifices.

35 Word Pitch: When seventeen-year-old Jet gets caught for illegally creating dream worlds for customers, the police offer a deal: freedom for her help catching a serial killer through his dreams. She agrees—until she’s his next target.

First 250 Words: 

Today is only as good as you make it.

As I settle in the back seat of the taxi, the message scrolls across the Smartband on my wrist, repeating three times before vanishing. A Collins original, I’m guessing. My dad sends me messages as often as the prison guards will allow him access to a media terminal.

He started the scrolling marque pep talks after I told him about the dreams. The ones I used to give myself after the police hauled him away and I lost him forever.

I learned a long time ago that dreams are far more dangerous than nightmares. They take your hand and guide you into paradise, offer you hope, love, riches beyond belief. Accomplishment and revenge.

They can even kill you.

That’s why I never let myself dream anymore. When I fall asleep, I blank my mind until it’s a black hole, absorbing images too quickly to let them fully form in my mind.

Emptiness is safety.

But that doesn’t stop me from making a little money off of other people’s dreams. After all, Mom works hard enough without having to worry about groceries and lawyer bills. Tonight is another fight, hand-to-hand combat in the bowels of a dilapidated building I’ll make realistic by dotting the floor with pigeon droppings and stirring the air with the stench of mildew.

There’s also a private client. Mickey Mouse. None of us use our real names. Except for Houston because he doesn’t care if he gets caught.


Check out the other judges entries, too!

Kelly DeVos

Jamie Corrigan

Kimberly VanderHorst

Kara Reynolds

Caitlyn McFarland

Rowan Hall

Rebecca Waddell

Jim O’Donnell

Don’t Stop Believin’


I’m so excited to have a new place to share my writing journey and all the exciting things coming up. As some of you know, I signed with my agent, Stacey Donaghy, last month. I won’t share the entire story as it’s a long one, but I’ll give you the finer points since some of you have asked.

  1. It happened when I was least expecting it. In fact, I was considering moving onto a new project.
  2. This was a story I’d entered into Pitch Slam and gotten chosen for the awesome #TeamSlytherin. I’d also had some success with this manuscript, a contemporary YA, in #Pitmad. BUT, in the end, I received my offers from plain, old-fashioned querying.
  3. Yes, I said my offers. I ended up with three offers, and had to make a very tough decision. At that point, it wasn’t just yes or no, it was who was going to be the best choice for my writing career.

This experience has shown me that, especially in the publishing world, you never know what’s going to happen or when. The key is to never give up. Or, as it says above, Keep Calm and Believe in Dreams. You never know when they’re going to come true.