Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint ofÂ Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of debut authorÂ Sarah Raughley, in a one-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange Chemistryâ€™s editor Amanda Rutter and Natalie Fischer Lakosil, of the Bradford Literary Agency.
Sarahâ€™s novel, a YA Dark Fantasy tale calledÂ Feather Bound, will be published in the Spring of 2014.
When Deannaâ€™s missing friend Hyde turns up at his fatherâ€™s funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.
But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret – and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesnâ€™t play along, and help the enemy destroy himâ€¦she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.
Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her foreverâ€¦
Feather BoundÂ is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquezâ€™sÂ A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.
Strange Chemistry Editor Amanda RutterÂ said: â€œFeather BoundÂ is an incredibly special book â€“ one that has more and more layers the further you read into it. I loved the magical realism, and the folktale elements that Sarah brought to the novel, while the bitchy high society element of the story was utterly authentic. Sarah is a massive talent and Iâ€™m delighted that she chose to sign with Strange Chemistry.â€
Sarah grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one.
She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to science fiction/fantasy lit to Japanese Role Playing Gamesâ€¦ but if she has to, she will swear up and down that she was inspired by Jane Austen at book signings. She imagines it sounds better than Chrono Trigger.
On top of being a YA writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because she communicates via literary narratives, and also the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed medical school off the list).