Hide & Seeker
Eleven-year-old Justin Vaughn is having a tween life crisis, just ask his therapist. His mom recently died. His deadbeat dad is remarrying, so new stepmom. And if they get one more “past due” letter, Justin and his big sister will be sleeping in the park. No wonder he has panic attacks. But at least his friend Mutt, who mysteriously disappeared a year ago, is back home.
At his welcome home party, Mutt attacks his guests during a chaotic game of Hide and Seek. The next day, a kid from the party disappears. And then another. Police and news crews swarm Justin’s Tennessee neighborhood. Fearing he could be next, Justin decides to investigate. While sorting through clues, he stumbles upon a horrifying secret about Hide and Seek: a monster—the Seeker—imprisons kids who break the pre-established rules.
For fun, the Seeker torments its captives by forcing them to play twisted games and brings their personal nightmares to life. For Justin, this means reliving his mother’s cancer, the thing that tore his family apart. With three days left until the Seeker goes back into hibernation, Justin is kidnapped. Time’s ticking away, and if he can’t overcome self-doubt and debilitating panic attacks, he’ll be trapped in the Seeker’s terrifying world forever.
HIDE & SEEKER, a MG Horror complete at 48,000 words, is Goonies meets Goosebumps. In 2014 my opening pages won the SCBWI LA Middle Grade writing contest. I am African American and a recent mentee of Justina Ireland’s Writing in the Margins Mentorship Program. In addition to writing MG novels, I work in television production, currently at Disney and have written sitcom scripts and sketches for Nickelodeon, as well as other freelance projects for other networks.