by newerawriters

Emma Mayhood


Attn. Ms. Sanders and Mr. Kepner:


When Laura Brooks, a successful magazine writer living in New York City, is called to her grandmother’s apartment after her grandmother’s apparent suicide, she slowly discovers that her grandmother has been hiding an illustrious and painful past that Laura becomes determined to fully unfurl.


The Simple Life is a family mystery that explores the difficult, painful, and sometimes destructive relationships that can develop within a family and the lives people build to protect themselves from the past. When Laura moves to New York City after college she develops a close relationship with her grandmother, May. After a visit where her grandmother seemed her old, fun-loving self, Laura is devastated and overwhelmed when police call and she learns that May has committed suicide. As Laura cleans out May’s apartment, she finds a yellowed newspaper clipping of her great-grandmother’s obituary. May’s mother died three days after May was born. The obituary names an older brother and three older sisters, none of whom Laura or her mother, who arrives the next morning, have ever heard of. May always said that she had grown up on a farm in western Pennsylvania with her parents, who died before May had her own family. Learning that May has four siblings they have never heard of, Laura and her mother begin to wonder what else May has been hiding. They set out on a journey to learn about May’s real life.


I am a Creative Writing major and a History minor studying at Eastern Michigan University. I have a deep interest in family history as well as broader American and world history. This story weaves together both of these interests by setting a personal story against recognizable and less known historic events.


This book focuses on an audience of late teens through mid-twenties. I plan to market through local bookstores such as The Bookloft of German Village and Village Bookshop as well as local festivals such as the Ohioana Book Festival and Market Days Worthington. 


This novel fits into a number of categories Victoria Sanders & Associates has represented: family, history, adventure, and women’s. Victoria Sanders & Associates also focuses on diverse styles. This novel is told through twelve short stories and a series of newspaper clippings and photographs.


Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.



Emma Mayhood