Dear agent of my wildest dreams,
My first novel, Walk with Me, a contemporary reading-group love story set in Oxford, is ready to fly solo, and I was hoping you would read the opening chapters.
When Jake looks back on the night of November 17, 2001, it stings. Badly. They were so happy, so unsuspecting. If he could go back in time to warn them of the blow that was heading their way, would he?
Nah, says his older, battered self, let them have that one night.
Because after that night nothing will ever be same. After that night, Pat, the whip-smart pregnant girl he’s been trying so hard not to fall in love with, will be diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that will change their lives forever.
Even though the book doesn’t shy from the harsh realities of illness and grief, it is a romantic comedy at heart that I believe will appeal to readers of A Boy Made of Blocks and Me Before You.
As for me, I have been many things, from shelf-stacker in Oxford and stock-market analyst in Paris, to software designer in Munich and climate-change researcher in Madrid. I also wrote a humorous blog for some years about the mishaps of mothering five little girls, which was featured in Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue Spain, and I’m still active both on Twitter and Instagram. Right now I am working on my second novel, I Thought You Should Know, a story of love after love set in Paris.
The full manuscript is 85,000 words long and ready for submission if you would like to see it.
Natalia de Santiago