Karen Hugg writes speculative novels about plants. The following three are complete and available for representation.
Harvesting the Sky
Harvesting the Sky is 65,000 words with a speculative apple tree at the heart of its story. It was a semi-finalist in the Del Sol Press First Novel Prize contest. It and The Forgetting Flower are part of a trilogy set in Paris. Here’s the pitch:
American Andre Damazy is an experienced botanist. He can grow any plant so when he gets the opportunity to propagate a rare medicinal apple, he jumps on the chance. The issue’s personal for him since his mother had a stroke and he knows if he can bring this apple to the public, thousands of ill people will be healed. But a stranger constantly thwarts Andre’s work: stalking him, spraying his trees, intimidating him through effigies and notes. While Andre doesn’t understand why anyone would do this, he suspects it’s related to a previous project during his teenage years when an old woman died. Now, he has to push on, despite the stranger’s belief that he’s doing the devil’s work, so he can not only bring this curative apple to the world, but redeem himself for his past mistakes.
The Forgetting Flower
The Forgetting Flower is 73,000 words and features a speculative flower. Here’s the pitch:
Renia Baranczka is living the life she always hoped for in Paris. She manages a chic plant shop though her rarest plant is locked away and not for sale. Its flowers emit a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory. She can’t just destroy it, she promised her mentally unstable sister she wouldn’t. But one day, when Renia’s favorite client turns up dead, she realizes the plant may be more dangerous than she thought and without her client’s business, the shop can no longer stay afloat. So when a shady character from her past appears with a nefarious proposal, Renia does what she’d pledged she’d never do: sell the flowers for cash. As Renia navigates the underworld of blackmarket mobsters, she must fend off unwanted advances, physical abuse, and intimidating threats until finally, she must fight not only to save the plant, but her sister, and ultimately, herself.
Song of the Tree Hollow
Song of the Tree Hollow is a New Adult mystery set in Seattle. It’s 52,000 words and the origin story in a series of novels about a young woman who can communicate with plants. Each book takes the protagonist to a different city or country. Here’s the pitch:
Vera Costa has come home from graduate school to care for her cat Sophie while her mom is at an addiction treatment center. But after Sophie suffers a heart attack and is revived by a vet, she leads Vera to a tree hollow in the woods behind their house. In that tree hollow, Vera experiences an odd humming sound. This sends her on a quest to discover whether the tree is haunted or she’s imagining things. As she finds a red fern, a tuning fork, and a carving of a raven in the woods, she discovers the truth about her dark family history. In the end, she must battle not only her own guilt at living in the past but save her mom’s life before she dies at the hands of an abusive boyfriend who knows what’s buried beneath the tree.