I have three completed manuscripts: a YA retelling of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, a dual POV YA Fantasy about magic sisters, flying machines, and monsters, and a women's fiction manuscript about a woman traveling to Hawaii at age 18 and on her honeymoon.
I am in the querying/revising/querying phase.
SISTERS FROM THE SKY
Sisters Oriana and Rhoswen have been stranded on a small island with a caged monster for the past ten years, with no idea why or how. Oriana thinks herself a kind of monster, trapped by the island and her own constant anger. Rhoswen believes life is a fairytale and lives for the escape the books in their small island-prison library provide. It’s Oriana’s deep but never-expressed love for her sister that drives her to build a flying machine so they might finally escape. Luckily Rhoswen knows how to behave when they reach civilization, because her sister is not friendly.
The sisters find themselves in the great city of Oasion. The Emperor and Empress expect an arrival, but the prophecy says one boy from an island, not two girls, will save the people of Oasion. The sisters separate for the first time. Oriana takes her flying machine to retrieve the boy, while Rhoswen stays behind, determined to learn about the city’s magic that is manifested through the arts. In their own ways, both sisters try to piece together the world they’ve landed in—one on the brink of war—and where they each fit in.
The monsters and the war come to Oasion. Oriana plunges into the fray with her flying machine, trying desperately to have a big impact. Rhoswen moves slower, awakening the magic within her. One sister pursues a passionate Prince, the other is drawn to the deadly boy of legends. The sisters cannot understand each other, but they must work together to determine how to fight—before the sisters from the sky become mere pawns in a ruthless game of royals and monsters.
SISTERS FROM THE SKY is a dual POV YA fantasy with elements of THRONE OF GLASS and CARAVAL. It is a standalone novel of 70,000 words with series potential.
I am in the revising phase with this manuscript!
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The honeymoon is the happily ever after—everyone knows that—and Diana is so ready to embrace “wedded bliss” with Brandon. But touching down in Hawaii Diana remembers something. Or rather, someone. Derek. The boy from Maui she fell for eleven years ago. The boy she’s never mentioned to her husband.
Diana learns that Derek is now a famous photographer. Despite her best intentions to have the dream honeymoon with Brandon, gnawing curiosity brings Diana to Derek’s gallery and she finds that, all these years later, Derek still turns her on. Diana and Derek totally connect over their shared passion for art in a way that Diana and Brandon cannot. Diana wants to be faithful to her new husband, but her body tells her something different—and her imagination wanders often. If Diana doesn’t want her marriage to implode on the honeymoon, she must figure out how these men can fulfill different roles in her life.
TWICE HAWAII is told in alternating timelines of Diana in high school, falling for Derek the first time, and Diana on her honeymoon, learning what it means to be “newlywed” with Brandon. At both ages Diana struggles with how her choices define her and those certain lines that, once crossed, there’s no going back.
A women’s fiction novel of 70,000 words, TWICE HAWAII has similarities to WEDDING NIGHT by Sophie Kinsella and LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell.
I am casually querying this manuscript as I find good fits, receiving multiple requests.
In 2017 I directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and STONES IN HIS POCKETS.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
I directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Nextstop Theatre in January 19 - February 12, 2017. The original romantic comedy! I've received some great reviews for my work, and the production:
"Abigail Isaac Fine’s directorial choices continuously surprised me, bringing new life and new depth to a story and to characters that I thought I knew completely." - DC Theatre Scene
"Director Abigail Isaac Fine’s feisty NextStop production of Shakespeare’s battle-of-wits, romantic-comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a stimulating, adult-depth interpretation." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"High praise must be given to Abigail Isaac Fine’s direction and blocking. As much is said about the relationships between the characters through the way they physically interact with each other as is said in the text. She has also added a handful of brief, fully silent scenes – most of which deeply add to the experience of the play." - DC Theatre Scene
After casting MUCH ADO I wrote about it here. Below is a photo with the MUCH ADO cast for an audience talk back (photo courtesy of NextStop Theatre):
STONES IN HIS POCKETS
To open the 2017-2018 season at Keegan Theatre, I directed STONES IN HIS POCKETS by Marie Jones. This is a dark Irish comedy with two actors playing all the roles. I love this story and style of storytelling!
"Under the affectionate, perceptive direction of Abigail Isaac Fine, Stones in his Pockets aims for and succeeds at understanding." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"The production is a veritable master class in acting." - DC Theatre Scene
"Director Abigail Isaac Fine shows her mettle by also gently fleshing out the darker shades of Jones’s showy, gloomy, wry Irish script." - The Washington Post
"Keegan Theatre’s production, directed by Abigail Isaac Fine, delivers [playwright Marie] Jones’ dense chorale of notes and rhythms with exquisite precision." - Metro Weekly