The Once-Dead Girl

Bethany Rossiter had not been a strange girl before she died and came back to life.

She’d been a good but not spectacular student, well-liked but not super-popular, and a cheerleader. Then during a football game there was an accident.

There was a flash of light. And Bethany Rossiter, almost 16, died of a broken neck.

She dreamed.

She was a dancing electronic ghost on an airless planet so close to its sun the blazing body took up a quarter of the sky.

She was a giant balloon-like stingray floating and flying near the top of a giant planet’s air, living like whales off floating plants like plankton.

She was a cat-like blue centaur on a garden planet with her husband and two kittenish children, one a girl and one a boy. There were two moons rising in a violet and chartreuse sky.

I’ve been watching Star Voyager too much.

But she was not dreaming. She was in the hospital, recovering from death and injury, and she was remembering past lives. Of her own, or someone else’s. And when she woke up she was no longer ordinary. She had strange powers which she must struggle to master.

And to hide. Her brother’s comic books were very clear. Superheroes were hated and feared as much as they were revered.


To see what Bethany looks like – and maybe influence that look – go here.

Or skip that and go directly to the first snippet from the book.


6 Responses to The Once-Dead Girl

  1. This reads more like a synopsis than a start of a story. Ed

  2. Javahead says:

    “Rossiter” or “Hollister”? Agree that it looks more like a synopsis than the real start of the story, but it gives a good starting point. Be interested in seeing how you differentiate this from “The Super Olympian”.

    Am I correct that the target audience, not just the protagonist, is teen aged? And will we be seeing this completed before “Shapechanger’s Progress”?

  3. Laer Carroll says:

    Rossiter. I fixed it here and in the manuscript. Thanks!

    You nailed it. Quick excerpts from the beginning of the book.

    “Shapechanger’s Progress” is done. When I find time to create the cover I’ll put the book online in ebook and “pbook” form at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But first I’ve got to write the first several chapters of “Girl” while inspiration is running freely.

  4. Laer Carroll says:

    Yes, the target audience is teenaged. So no graphic sex, though strangely enough in the young-adult publishing world the violence CAN be graphic. (Witness The Hunger Games series, which kids 14 years or younger are allowed to read and do read! And they can see the movie, which is rated PG-13.)

    With the advice of some younger female acquaintances I’ll be trying to keep her world-view and concerns to the high school. And to keep from too much overlap with The Super Olympian.

    But other than that this will be treated from an adult viewpoint. If the story as it develops has Beth or the teens she knows have sex it will be in the book.

  5. First snippet from the book link is broke. Ed

  6. Laer Carroll says:

    Thanks! Fixed it.

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