A character-driven adventure story with soft sci-fi elements.
Just your friendly, neighborhood author/soon-to-be post-apocalyptic wasteland warlord. Currently, I’m sharpening my writing skills and my knives. And training an army of raccoons and feral children to do my bidding… whatever that may be.
I am a fan of strong character-driven stories. Learning what motivates people is my jam.
Spud is your typical, all-American, mixed-race, second-grade girl from a blended family in middle America. With the start of summer comes the excitement of having all of her siblings under one roof. What could be more exciting than that? The exhilaration of trying to stop an alien invasion before it takes over her school and her town. But is Spud really more perceptive than everyone else or is she simply being paranoid?
Unfortunately, Spud’s investigative plans are derailed before they can even start when she is transported to a parallel universe. Met by new friends and allies, Spud is thrust into the middle of a war. While it’s not the fight she wanted, Spud must find the courage to become the hero this new world needs.
Back home, the different members of the Weathers-Black family must reconcile their differences and come together to find a way to bring Spud home.
Brrnnnggg! The school bell sounded for the last time. The plump second-grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, called to her class, “See you in the fall, suckers!” Previously graded papers fluttered to the floor as the teacher disappeared through the classroom door. All of her students followed suit and charged towards their summer vacation with joyful laughter and excited screams. All of her students, except for one wavy-haired little girl with two dark brown and red striped pigtails. She searched through the fallen pages, looking for the one with her name on it.
“Aha!” she exclaimed as her eyes landed on the swooping letters of the name Spud Black scrawled neatly across the top of one of the sheets. “C+? Ugh! I swear no one around here understands me!” Spud scanned the comments written in red ink by her teacher. Mrs. Thompson strongly disagreed with her theory that the lunch ladies are space aliens. But Spud knew the truth. She knew the aliens were using the cafeteria as the first step towards a full-scale invasion. “I guess I’ll just have to save the school from the alien threat by myself.” She shook her head and shoved the paper into her zebra-striped backpack. She slung the bag over her shoulder and stomped off towards the pickup line.
“Mommy! Daddy! Why are both of you here?” Spud asked as she climbed into her booster seat in the back of the minivan.
“We love you too, tater,” Dad said as he looked at his daughter in the rearview mirror.
As of now, I have not been limiting myself to any one genre. As I get a feel for how I want my career as a writer to go I have been dabbling in everything from writing and illustrating picture books to graphic novels to more adult-themed works.
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