I’m a college student with a 5 year plan to jumpstart my writing career. I’ve published short fiction in a few magazines, but now I’m looking to break into the traditional publishing world with a novel.
I love to write urban fantasy, as well as paranormal, mythology, thrillers, mysteries, all with a twist of magic of course.
Outside of my writing I have two YouTube channels. One is for writing vlogs (Cressi Calder) and the other is where I do commentaries on movies and tv shows (Ponyboy Predecessor).
I love sprawling fantasy and urban fantasy, as well as paranormal. Contemporary is alright as long as it’s LGBTQ+. Honestly any LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC characters are a hard yes, especially if they’re the main character of the story.
Nothing with graphic sex scenes, no picture books, or anything below upper middle grade (age range 12-14). No science fiction, or abuse stories (specifically in regards to racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc).
Tiny Little Monsters tells the story of Adina Davis, a 14-year-old plus-sized, mixed-race, probably lesbian heir to the Coven of the Eye. As the heir, she has the responsibility to be a shining example as to what a witch should be. However, being that example suddenly becomes a lot more difficult when her Coven is attacked by a horde of vampires, and Adina is caught in the crossfire.
When she awakens in the vampires’ lair and learns that she has now become one of the monsters that murdered her, she will do anything to avoid betraying her people, including escaping the vampires to go on a cross-country road trip with a mysterious girl named Odessa.
Together, Adina and Odessa travel down the Atlantic coast in a stolen car, their goal? Make it New Orleans before Adina’s vampire blood runs out, and she dies like she was mean to, from the start.
Adina’s breath comes fast as she runs for her life. Not just her life, either, but the lives of the dozen or so children and non-magickal members of her coven who are following close at her heels. They’re depending on her to find a way out of this mess. They’re depending on her to get them to safety. And she won’t let her lack of athletic prowess or the uncomfortable bounce of a few extra pounds stop her from accomplishing her goal.
There’s a tiny hand grasping tightly at her own, and she looks down every few seconds just to make sure that it’s still there. Each time, she’s greeted with the tear-streaked face of her little brother, Willson, her heart beats faster, and heat bubbles under her skin.
“We’re going to be alright,” she says, countless times. “I’ll find us somewhere safe.”
She should really save her breath because they’re still running, and her lungs are burning with every foot of land they cover. But she thinks that the kids and even the few adults in the group behind her need to hear her empty reassurances. Maybe she needs to hear them too.
But, no. She will get them somewhere safe. She will get them somewhere safe. She will get them somewhere safe.
All around them, screams tear through the air.
As she glances down at her little brother, again, she steels herself against despair. Failure is not an option.
She glances up at the sound of another scream. Just thirty or so feet ahead of them, Jasmine, one of the young priestesses in training lifts a trembling hand, sending two advancing forms hurtling back, to collide with a thick oak tree.
Adina stops short, holding out an arm to call the rest of the group to a halt.
Something blurs through the trees, heading straight for Jasmine, who is still focused on the two vampires she has pinned to the tree.
Adina’s eyes widen. “Jasmine!” she calls, but it’s already too late.
In addition to Tiny Little Monsters, I have two other projects. The first project, Buzz, is an emotional Young Adult contemporary about family, substance abuse, rekindling friendships, and finding new love. The second project, Imaginary, is a twisty Middle Grade paranormal thriller about a boy who’s dying and has been, for a long time.
In the future, I would love to write high fantasy, more urban fantasy, and an adult thriller. I’m open to writing any genre other than sci-fi. I can’t stand sci-fi.
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