I'm not expecting any marketing miracles whilst I'm in Toronto, but I know that inevitably, the question, "What is your book about?" comes up. I want to be able to answer it without stammering and saying nothing ... or rambling on for two minutes at someone who really wants an answer about as in-depth as when they ask, "How are you?" No one really wants the detailed description of your headache and how you almost missed your alarm that morning; give us the CliffNotes.
So I came up with both short loglines and longer (but still brief) descriptions if someone turned out to be crazy enough to express further interest. Mind that I don't expect to rattle these off verbatim, but I wrote these to give my brain a framework for what I might say. Now, there are three variants of this question - my published book, the project I'm currently shopping, and the projects that are currently in progress. So that leads to three answers:
Flow is a contemporary fantasy. Teenaged Kit recruits water-witch Chailyn to hunt for her mother’s killer. The pair run afoul of both fairy wrath and the attention of a human organization that hunts the supernatural.
Journal of the Dead is a mannerpunk-style fantasy set in a world where killing someone causes their mind to leap into yours. Aided by her spirits, an unwilling executioner must fight royal politics to reclaim her son.
(Working On - Editing, Actually)
Scylla and Charybdis is a soft science fiction novel about a young woman from an isolated space station who escapes to the polar opposite societies left behind in the wake of an alien disease, and Who Wants To Be A Hero? is humorous fantasy asking the question: what would happen if a Greco-Roman pantheon invented reality competition television?
... from this, I can only infer that my brain is hyper. Wish me luck!