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 bloody happy, so unsuspecting. If he could go back in time to warn them of the wreck that was heading their way, would he?
Nah, says his battered, older self, let them have that one night.
Because after that night Pat, the whip-smart pregnant girl he’s been trying so hard not to fall in love with, will never be the same.
They say life changes in an instant, but that doesn’t quite cut it. Lives can be rebuilt, people can’t. And there might be very little left of the person you fell in love with.
Even though the book doesn’t shy from the harsh realities of illness and disability, it is a romantic comedy at heart—think something half-way between One Day and Me Before You. Told in alternating voices, it paints a tender but realistic portrait of love and intimacy when the balance in a relationship is tipped, thrusting one into the caregiver role and the other into a dependence she might not yet be ready to accept.
As for me, I have been many things, from shelf-stacker in Sainsbury’s 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 what I hope will become 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