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Adult #22: THE ELEPHANT FIGHTER (#OwnVoices Thriller)
Wanda Morris
Mentored by:
Wendy Heard
Book Title:
2018 Adult Entries
#OwnVoices Thriller
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How to Get Away With Murder meets The Good Daughter. Ellice Littlejohn quickly rises to the executive suite following her boss’ suicide. But his death is part of a larger, sinister plan that ruins innocent lives and threatens to expose Ellice’s own dark past of lies and secrets. Desperate, she launches into a terrifying race to avoid becoming a suspect in the killer’s murderous scheme…or becoming the next victim.



Looking back, I probably should have called 911 or corporate security. But I didn’t.

I just stood there. Staring.

The star-shaped hole in Michael’s right temple was ragged and grisly, like someone was trying to open his skull with a sledgehammer instead of a bullet. Blood oozed in erratic streams along the side of his face, creating diminutive red rivers in the wrinkles along his jawline, before pooling onto his starched white oxford shirt. The air hung thick with the acrid, copper scent of blood. And the hum of the fluorescent lights, the only sound in the room, was like a thousand bumblebees invading the executive suite.

A hundred thoughts raced through my mind, all crashing off one another and almost all of them thundering for me to run.

Just go.

It was seven o’clock in the morning. The January solstice meant another twenty minutes before the sun peeked over the Atlanta skyline. Another twenty minutes after that before anyone else arrived in the office. I had two options. I could call the police. Or, not. The few shreds of conscience I had left warned me that what I was doing was reprehensible. But if I stayed, it would be just like the last time.

I prayed to God for forgiveness, turned off the lights and quietly closed the office door. This would be the last secret between Michael and me.

18 responses to “Adult #22: THE ELEPHANT FIGHTER (#OwnVoices Thriller)”

  1. Jenny Bent says:

    Hi, I’d like to see this one please. Can you send the ms as an attachment to info@thebentagency.com, with the query letter in the body of your email? Subject line: #pitchwars. Looking forward to reading!

  2. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Morris,

    You have an intriguing premise and title for your thriller, and I would welcome the chance to read further. Please do send the first 50 pages of THE ELEPHANT FIGHTER to me at atuttle@dystel.com, and please indicate in your subject line that this is a Pitch Wars request. Good luck.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  3. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I enjoyed this grisly scene, and I’d love to keep reading. Please send your query in the body of an email, plus your full manuscript and a synopsis (attached). I look forward to reading!

    Lauren Spieller
    TriadaUS Literary Agency

  4. Michelle Richter says:

    I’m really excited about this one, Wanda! I’d love to see the full manuscript. Please include Pitch Wars in your subject line and send the manuscript and query letter to me at querymichelle@fuseliterary.com. Ms can be an attachment.

  5. Amy Elizabeth Bishop says:

    Hi Wanda,

    I’d love to take a look at your first 100 pages for THE ELEPHANT FIGHTER! Could you send it along as a Microsoft Word attachment, with your query and #PitchWars in the subject line to abishop@dystel.com?

    I’m looking so forward to reading!

    Thanks so much!



  6. Sharon Pelletier says:

    Hi Wanda, I’d like to see the first 50 pages! Please send with a query to spelletier@dystel.com with “Pitch Wars Request” and your name in the subject line.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  7. Joanna MacKenzie says:

    Hi Wanda,
    I’m super intrigued and can’t wait to read more. Please follow this link to upload your manuscript:http://queryme.online/1353/PitchWars2019

  8. Wanda,

    You hooked me with the first line, but by the end of the entry, I was DYING to read more!!!

    Can you send me the full and a synopsis (2-4 pages)? Please use Times New Roman, size 12, black, double-spaced text, 1” margins all around, and ½” paragraph indents. Attach the manuscript and synopsis as two separate Word documents (docx). Sent to: lynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com and add “Pitch Wars Request” along with your title in the subject line. Thanks.

    If more than one agent from The Seymour Agency likes your entry, please send requested material to the agent you feel will be the best fit. #OneAgentAtATime

    Looking forward to reading more.



  9. Melissa Danaczko says:

    Hi Wanda, I would love the opportunity to read more. Can you please email me (mdquery@skagency.com) the query letter and manuscript? Thanks!

  10. Jennifer Unter says:

    I’m intrigued and would love to continue reading. Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to assistant@theunteragency.com. Thanks!

  11. Marlo Berliner says:

    Intriguing beginning! Please submit your query and first 30 pages via my Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner
    If more than one JDLA agent requests, simply submit to the agent you feel would be the best fit. Be sure to only submit to one JDLA agent at a time. If the first agent passes, you are welcome to try the next.

  12. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there! This sounds fantastic! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please send them attached as a word document to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com.


    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  13. Suzie Townsend says:

    Eep! This sounds so great. I can’t wait to read on!

    Please send the query and full manuscript to me at suzie (at) newleafliterary (dot) com.

  14. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Wanda,

    I’d love to see this! Can you send the full to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,

  15. Nicole Payne says:

    Wow! I’d love to read more. Please send query, synopsis and first five chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com. Thanks!

  16. Kristin Nelson says:

    Hello Wanda,
    Joanna on my team has already requested this one. I would have as well so I’ll probably read along with her. Just giving you a heads up. : ) Kristin

  17. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Wanda,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,

  18. Rosie Jonker says:

    Hi! I’d love to see this full manuscript! Could you send to rosie@rittlit.com with “PITCHWARS” in the subject line? Thanks!