Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books,Â is delighted to announce the signing ofÂ Eliza Crewe, in a two-book World English Rights (excluding the Indian subcontinent) deal for her YA novel, Cracked, for publication in November 2013.
The deal was concluded by Strange Chemistryâ€™s editor Amanda Rutter and Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.
Meet Meda. She eats people.
Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. Sheâ€™s special. Itâ€™s not her fault she enjoys it. She canâ€™t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and itâ€™s not like there are any other â€œsoul-eatersâ€ around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.
They can do what she can do. Theyâ€™re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Medaâ€™s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the â€œgood guysâ€ and sheâ€™ll finally figure out what, exactly, her â€œkindâ€ is.
Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and avoiding a bad-ass cripple that doesnâ€™t trust her are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.
The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destinyâ€¦ she may finally give into it.
Eliza Crewe said:Â â€œWriters are supposed to be good with words, but I can tell you that when the offer came in from Strange Chemistry, I couldn’t seem to find a single one. I read the email and just sat there blinking for a minute, then got in my car and drove home.
â€œAbout halfway through my commute, it finally hit me. I’m pretty sure I screamed out loud, started bellowing along with the radio, and flailed around like an idiot – all while stopped in traffic with my windows down, naturally.
â€œI think that pretty much sums up how I feel about signing with Strange Chemistry: windows down, top-of-my lungs singing, and fist-pumps.Â I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.â€
Eliza Crewe always thought sheâ€™d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable sheâ€™d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.
While sheâ€™s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didnâ€™t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage.Â Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?
Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to cook, partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks.
Cracked is her first novel.