It’s Pitch Day at Agent Shop with Weronika Janczuk!


Good Morning everyone.

It’s Agent Shop PITCH Day! Yay.

We have the awesome Weronika Janczuk (@weronikajanczuk on Twitter) coming tomorrow to look at thirty lucky pitches, and we’re so happy to have one of her clients here today for the author spotlight.

Please welcome Teresa Frohock with her soon to be released novel


How ridiculously awesome is THAT cover?!?

Miserere: An Autumn Tale

(Night Shade Books / July 1, 2011)

Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina’s soul, but Catarina doesn’t want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina’s wrath isn’t so easy to escape. In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen’s hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven’s Gates.

Read the first four chapters of Miserere FREE here:

And check out this trailer!!!

(BTW – At  the bottom of the interview with Teresa, I’m going to post some information that you NEED to read.)

Blurbs for MISERERE:

“MISERERE is about redemption, and the triumph of our best impulses over our worst. It’s also about swords, monsters, chases, ghosts, magic, court intrigues and battles to the death. It’s also (and this is the important part) really, really good.”

–Alex Bledsoe, author of DARK JENNY and THE SWORD-EDGED BLONDE

“In her debut novel, MISERERE: AN AUTUMN TALE, Teresa Frohock has succeeded at creating that all-too-rare phenomenon among first-time story-tellers: a mature prose style combined with a fully realized vision. Her ‘woerld’ will completely immerse the reader with its compelling and striking visuals, fascinating details and thrilling plot turns. The book is almost impossible to put down and it’s harder yet not to actually believe that what Ms. Frohock imagined isn’t terribly real—even if some of us haven’t found an entrée into the parallel existences she’s meticulously crafted. Studded with magic, demons, and terror run amok, dark fantasy and horror fans alike will walk away from MISERERE feeling they’ve found a writer they not only admire, but are anxious to revisit soon in her future works.”

— Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of THE GENTLING BOX and DEATHWATCH

When and Where can we find it?

MISERERE will release from Night Shade Books on July 1, 2011

You can follow for updates on the blog tour, which started June 24th and will go through the end of August. has links to Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, and more. The book will be available at bookstores everywhere.

Awesome information Teresa!

How about a bio? We love getting to know authors.

Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. She eventually moved away from Reidsville and lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to North Carolina, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter.

Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is her debut novel.

Teresa can be found most often at her blog and web site ( Every now and then, she heads over to Tumblr and sends out Dark Thoughts, links to movies and reviews that catch her eye. You can also follow Teresa on Twitter and join her author page on Facebook

Can you tell us where the idea for MISERERE came from?

The idea for MISERERE started with Lucian’s character. I’m not the kind of writer who thinks in terms of plot; I tend to begin with a character and formulate the story about him or her.

The concept for Lucian began when I dreamed of a powerful sorcerer, speaking to a young boy dressed in twenty-first century clothing. They were at the edge of a dark forest where there was a hand painted sign nailed to a tree that read: “Jesus Saves.” (If you live in the southeastern United States, you see these scattered around.) Beside the tree was a rusting bumper from a pickup truck with a sticker that read: “Nobody Saves You More Than Winn Dixie.”

The whole dream stayed with me long after I woke, so I started building a story around the man and the boy and the strange world they inhabited where time overlapped from one period to another. I loved the idea of mixing the religious with the secular, my interpretation of the sign/bumper sticker symbolism, to see what kind of world I could build. It wasn’t until I took a college course in the introduction of the Old Testament that the final piece fell into place with the Crimson Veil.

Constructing the actual story was the hardest part. During my research, I read a quote from Toni Morrison’s novel LOVE: “Love is the weather. Betrayal is the lightning that cleaves and reveals it.” When I read that line, I knew I had the crux of Lucian’s conflict for MISERERE.

Care to share your ‘call’ experience? Either from when you were offered representation or when you got the call saying MISERERE: AN AUTUMN TALE had sold?

I met Weronika through before she became a literary agent and I followed her blog and tweets for several months. She impressed me with her many accomplishments and her love of literature. I enjoyed her writing and the way she expressed herself to her blog readers.

So when I saw through one of her tweets that she was striking out as a literary agent, I knew I had to submit MISERERE to her. I thought there wasn’t a chance she would remember me, but she did, and she immediately requested the full manuscript. When she emailed me and told me that she wanted to discuss representation, I was thrilled.

I had a list of questions and concerns I wanted to go over with her, but as we talked, she addressed each of my questions before I had a chance to ask them. I wanted an editing agent, someone who loved not just this particular book but my writing, and someone who would be honest enough with me to tell me when I was off track.

I got all three things with Weronika. The more she talked about MISERERE, the more enthusiastic I became until I was ready to buy my own book! That is salesmanship, and that is what a good agent does. Sure enough, she managed to sell MISERERE after only being on submission for six weeks and she’s really helped me navigate through the process, especially what happens AFTER you sell a book.

That’s a very encouraging way to find your agent. I love that you weren’t scared (well maybe you were at the time) to ask the questions you knew you needed to, to find the right agent for both yourself and your work. I love even more that Weronika answered them before you had to ask. Can you tell us what else you have in the works?

Right now, I’m fleshing out a synopsis for DOLOROSA, this is the second novel in the Katharoi series, and will be more in line with fantasy readers’ expectations in terms of world-building and magic. DOLOROSA will be Rachael’s story and will also give a broader view of Woerld and how the bastions work together to hold back the Fallen.

I’m also working on a novel in a new series that begins in Spain in 1348. Right now, it’s tentatively entitled THE GARDEN and it is the story of Guillermo Ramírez, a blacksmith conscripted into the King’s army. THE GARDEN is turning out much darker than MISERERE, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the characters and the story.

Busy woman! What’s one piece of advice you would pass on to other aspiring authors?

I try to share something different each time I answer this, but one thing remains constant—remain teachable. Always be willing to learn new techniques and experiment with different styles, but at the same time, don’t become so rigid that you stifle your voice. Take time to write whatever pops into your head without paying any attention to grammar or structure. Just write.

There you will find your true voice and once you’ve found your voice, modulate it with the rules of grammar and structure. It is through that critical editing process that my works always begin to take their true form. My rough drafts are little more than stage direction, but the edits are where I refine and groom the novel into a story with depth.

Brilliant. And so very true!

It’s so wonderful to have you here. We wish you the best with your writing, and huge congratulations on your release! Thank you so much for coming to Musetracks. After looking at your blog tour, I can only imagine how super busy ( and super excited) you must be!

As promised, I have some awesome info to share.

Teresa will be giving away a copy of MISERERE to one lucky person who comments using the words AUTUMN and TALE (or TAIL).

We’ll also be awarding the Top Pitch slot to a comment that uses those words.

And if you didn’t already know, Teresa has begun her blog tour and she’s doing a super contest with winner packages including a copy of MISERERE, query, synopsis, and even page critiques from Teresa’s agent, Weronika Janczuk! Check it out here!

Okay, now on to business.

You know the drill. Leave a comment using the words AUTUMN and TALE (or TAIL) to be entered to win the copy of MISERERE or the Top Pitch Slot for tomorrow. Send me your pitch at candi_agent_shop at And yes, replace the word at with the @ symbol) and come back tomorrow to see if you made it in the top thirty.

Good luck to everyone.


17 Responses to It’s Pitch Day at Agent Shop with Weronika Janczuk!

  1. I read the snippet of Teresa’s Miserere: An Autumn Tale and feel so bad for Lucian for unleashing a demon on his woman’s soul! Oh my goodness! I feel so bad for him having to right that wrong and hope I win a copy to read how it all turns out!


  2. Jillian says:

    Ilive in Florida and I wish it was autumn as it’s hot as blazes here. I love your new tale and can’t wait to read it


  3. Pat Brown says:

    This novel sounds intriguing. I love the book trailer which for me is unusual, since I find most unimaginative.


  4. I read the first few chapters this morning while waiting for the Agent Shop time to get here so I could post this, and WOW!

    It’s on my wishlist now!

    Good luck to everyone today!


  5. Beth says:

    Miserere sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds like the perfect tale to read on a chilly autumn day, but I may not be able to wait!


  6. Marilyn Baron says:

    Your book, Miserere:An Autumn Tale sounds fantastic. I love your cover. Thank you for sharing information about your journey to publication.I wish you success with the release.
    Marilyn Baron


  7. S. D. Miller says:

    Awesome cover, I’ll have to look this one up.

    But An Autumn Tale? How about with all this hellish stuff, An Autumn Tail. ;-D

    Just kidding. Had to get all the words in.


  8. Sylvia McDaniel says:

    Really enjoyed reading about Misere and your path to publication. Thanks so much for being on Musetracks and also for your agent participating in Pitch day. Even if I don’t get the opportunity to pitch, I really enjoyed hearing about your story. Thanks again! Best of luck and if you are going to New York and you see a short, blonde woman with long hair, named Sylvia McDaniel, please stop me and say hello!



  9. Kristina Gilley says:

    If the tale is told, Autumn arrives on the tail of Summer. And I dislike summer. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and posting here.


  10. Bonnar says:

    I loved reading about how Teresa got the idea for Miserere. What a wonderful concatenation of images and wordplay! And the quote reminds me I ought to go back and dip into Toni Morrison again; it has been far too long.
    Thanks for the interview.


  11. Linda Pennell says:

    Autumn Tale sounds like a really good read. Congratulations and best wishes for mega sales!


  12. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    An Autumn Tales sounds like a really good read. It must be difficult for the brother, Lucian to realize he made a misstake by releasing a demon on the woman he loves. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.


  13. Kristen says:

    Now that’s a cover that should be on Hump day.

    And what a super cool contest on her blog. Wow!

    The killer is that after reading Miserere: An Autumn Tale’s tight and well crafted back-of-book synopsis, the pitch I just submitted makes me feel like a fat girl in a midriff tee at an aerobic championship. 🙂

    This is not my usual genre, but this is one I’ve got to read!


  14. Shawnna says:

    Now that is hands down the coolest book trailer I’ve seen! I wish you the best of luck on your writing career! I can only imagine how excited you must be on your release. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is a great title, BTW. Kinda makes me wish it was really autumn here in Texas! Phew! 🙂


  15. Wow, this is just amazing! Good luck, everyone, and I hope you enjoy Miserere if you get a chance to read it!

    @Candi: Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it and thank you so much for making this look so beautiful.

    S. D., Shawnna, Victoria, Linda, Kristina, Marilyn, Beth, Pat, Jillian, and Carlene: Thanks so much to all of you for your good wishes and kind words on the book trailer. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it became fun before it was over.

    The cover is just awesome, and that is the work of Michael C. Hayes ( I was so thrilled when I saw his take on Catarina, Lucian, and Rachael.

    @Sylvia: I most certainly will! Are you in NYC? I love NYC.

    @Bonnar: I love Morrison’s works. Take a look at her latest non-fiction What Moves at the Margin. She has some super writing advice in her essays.

    @Kristen: My original synopsis was NOT tight like that. 😉 I hired an editor to help me tighten my synopsis and learned a lot from her about writing in general as she guided me through writing the synopsis. So don’t worry about yours. It will be fine. 😉


  16. Enjoyed the preview of Autumn Tale! July 1 circled on my calendar.


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