How well do you really know your parents? Sometimes there comes a time when you realise that they keep secrets just like you.
The exotic island of Sunda is riddled with secrets. The forests are flourishing yet no animals are seen. A valley is full of stones where once there were people. Deeds and thoughts that may blemish a family’s reputation are hidden away at any cost. For two hundred years, people have suffered the Great Mother’s retribution for a terrible war.
In my YA fantasy ‘When fire sing’ fifteen year old Amirah longs for many things - to be accepted, to find love and to find answers. In particular, she wants to know what happened to her father and why it is forbidden to ever mention him.
Your hook starts here:
Her(Amirah's) life is thrown into turmoil when she is sent to Rindu, (the animals’ sanctuary) to save her family’s already bleak reputation. She meets Bima – strange and strangely helpful. Together they form an uneasy alliance, each with their own compelling reasons to find the birds of fire.
Amirah and Bima race against time, chased by those who use magic to warp the natural into the unnatural. Amirah begins to unravel a knot of intrigue, myth and magic – secrets involving her mother, father, the fate of the firebirds and even Bima are all exposed.
With the painful realisation that boundaries between black and white blur and truths are often grey, Amirah and Bima must choose between their families, the firebirds and each other.
I choose the firepit for everyone, starting with anyone who races against time.
Start with you main character. Describe her problem, and her dillemma. Be specific. You've got blather here now.
Leave Grandmother Snark out of it. I hope she has secrets. I really don't want to know how she got the tattoo that says "The King and I-Memphis 56"