I’ve loved fantasy stories ever since I discovered the magical worlds of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien as a child. Like fairy tales, fantasy offers the chance to confront evil, darkness, and grief vicariously through the characters, without the fear of meeting the same monsters in real life. I strive to write clean stories, but that doesn’t mean white-washed–the bad guys are bad, the good guys are flawed, and all of them occasionally do or say things I don’t personally approve of. I can’t promise happy endings, but I can offer stories marked by hope, the pursuit of virtue, and triumph over darkness.
KINGDOM OF STARS AND DUST
(formerly THE CURSED ONES)
Semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest, YA category
Summary: Some secrets will get you killed.
No one knows this better than seventeen-year-old Aria, who’s been hiding her forbidden time-shifting magic since discovering it four years earlier. At least now she understands why her parents abandoned her as a child—to save their own necks. If they’d been caught harboring a Cursed One, they would’ve been executed.
Between growing up as a rural innkeeper’s daughter and her necklace that blocks magic, keeping her secret hasn’t been too hard. But after a petty thief steals the necklace, Aria can no longer stop her out-of-control magic. At every touch her arms light with the unearthly marks of the Cursed, and memories that aren’t hers fill her mind. It’s only a matter of time before someone notices.
Too bad that someone is Captain Thios Ederla, an officer in the king’s army who’s desperate for promotion. Bringing in a Cursed One is a surefire way to win the king’s favor, if only he can catch the girl on the run.
Now, with her magic slowly spiraling out of control, Aria discovers there are worse fates than death. An ancient enemy stirs once more, seeking both the necklace and Aria herself. She’ll need all the help she can get—even Thios’ reluctant alliance—to master her magic and recover the necklace before time runs out.
DUSK FOR DREAMS
Status: First draft in progress.
Summary: Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, this fairytale retelling follows an aristocrat’s daughter as she searches for her grandmother in the hope of finding a cure for a deadly disease threatening her sister. When Marielle risks both her father’s anger and the security of her own future by venturing into the forbidden forest, she expects to face danger at every turn. What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting a dashing prince who’s been cursed to live as a wolf from dusk to dawn, young man during the day. But there’s more to the prince’s curse than Marielle knows, and if she isn’t careful, she may find herself irrevocably ensnared in his cunning trap.