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Steve McCondichie (mccondichie) | 8 comments I’m seeking Beta Readers for my novel Lying for a Living, 75,000 words of commercial fiction. This is an irreverent mid-life coming-of-age story where a derelict suburban dad wrestles with his obligations to be a stand-up father and son. My novel would best be compared to a blend of Jonathan Tropper's family comedy-dramas and Carl Hiaasen's satirical thrillers.

Brief Synopsis:

Jesse Few is a forty-nine-year-old lovable rogue who’s focused on hanging out with his golf buddies, chasing women, and surviving the Great Recession. His blithe approach to life and love is challenged when his aging mother believes she’s being stalked by her long-dead husband and his son battles a megalomaniac Southern Baptist preacher. A John Wayne moment drives him to decide whether he’ll saddle up and rescue his loved ones or retreat to the familiar comforts of denial, avoidance, and blowing up watermelons with his collection of black market machine guns.

This was my MFA graduate thesis, so it’s been through hours of workshops and critiques. It’s also been professionally edited and is a clean read. Email me at and I’ll send you the MSS.

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Fiona Van der Poorten- Sawyer | 4 comments Hi Steve
Would you be prepared to exchange manuscripts? The novel is complete and is of a good standard to be eyed over by a reader.

Here is the Synopsis:
This is a novel of 62 000 words detailing the lived experience of the author. Whilst the events that take place are real, the novel is part memoir, part fiction, based on real characters.
Michael Wentworth is a paedophile. His wife Lydia has Multiple Sclerosis. Together they raise three children Eliot, Sally and Kate who attend a prestigious Anglican College, St. Leo’s College on Brisbane’s North Side. Their lives will be shattered after Jack Sunderland, Eliot’s friend, speaks out about being systematically abused by Michael Wentworth, over a two year long duration, beginning at the age of twelve, when he was most vulnerable and a victim of bullying.
The story about how Jack and his family are methodically groomed by Michael is the subject of a manuscript “The Blind Eye” which Tash Sunderland, Jack’s mother, a writer, leaves for her now famous son, Jack Sunderland to discover on her death bed. In it, she details the effects of Michael Wentworth’s stealthy courtship of her and her family on her son through explorations of the motivations of the major characters involved. Jack is furious with his now dead mother for rehashing the past – however it is a catalyst for him to relive the events of his adolescence.
The manuscript tells the story from the major characters’ perspectives, Wentworth’s children and supporters in the school community whose converging narratives through different periods of time unveil a story of betrayal, loss, remorse and ultimately redemption. How the allegations of abuse are received by those in Wentworth’s circle of influence, and their impact on his immediate family is told from multiple viewpoints as loyalties and reputations are challenged. Subtle allusions, suggestions and reflections about the nature of love, motherhood guilt and status are woven into a complex and compassionate view of flawed human nature.

Look forward to heraing from you if you are interested in a swap.

message 3: by Steve (new)

Steve McCondichie (mccondichie) | 8 comments Fiona: I'd be willingly to exchange manuscripts. I'm worried about my response time. I'm working on a new novel, critiquing another manuscript, and busy with year-end work and holidays.

What's your time-frame?

message 4: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Van der Poorten- Sawyer | 4 comments Hi there Steve,
Same here, new novel, phd and Christmas madness, I'm in no hurry really, happy to wait:-)

message 5: by Steve (new)

Steve McCondichie (mccondichie) | 8 comments Fiona: I hope you're doing well. I just finished sending off my latest manuscript comments, and I'm available to read your if you still need it. Let me know. Thanks, Steve

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