Currently Drafting a YA Fantasy With a Sapphic Protagonist
I write both adult and YA fantasy. I tend to lean more towards contemporary fantasy, but sometimes high fantasy too. I really enjoy works that blend genre, specifically science fantasy. Outside of writing, I’m a field biologist with a love for ecology and birds.
Magic that’s connected to nature; unapologetically sapphic girls; slow-burn romances; atmospheric writing; anything contemporary fantasy-related!
Recent books I’ve loved:
- Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
- Burning Roses by SL Huang
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
- The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Sexual assault, characters being outed, intense homophobia,
NIGHT FLYER is YA fantasy that features a sapphic protagonist who will do anything to save her home from rising flood tides.
If the sea walls aren’t constructed in time, Larke’s city will drown. She has no time for magical mysteries.
In fact, she’d prefer everything be straightforward. But between living in a foreign nation with only a fake title as a disguise and hiding her crippling fear of water, eighteen-year-old Larke’s good and stuck. Officially, she’s here to guard Princess Dimitrea as she marries the foreign prince—a sign of goodwill between nations (i.e. begging for help). Truthfully, Larke must locate the Night Flyer, a feared magician who’s said to have the king’s ear. She alone has the magic and political pull to save Larke’s home.
But the Night Flyer isn’t the magician from legends. She’s a lonely girl with terrifying powers, and the more Larke learns about her tenuous grip over her magic and the king, the more she finds that their last hope may damn well not be enough to halt the sea.
The dinner had gone without incident, which meant Larke had surpassed her own expectations. Not a single person had looked at her as though she did not belong, as though by taking up space at all, she took up too much. By the time they’d reached dessert—the Strugan king had certainly flaunted his wealth tonight—Larke had even stopped wondering whether Strugan prison cells had as much standing water in them as the ones at home. In Procella, a dry prison cell was called an available flat, fit for a family.
Now alone in her room, Larke worked to remove her ceremonial scabbard and knife. Instead, the buckle caught tight against her beaded coat. Cursing, she tried to figure out on which corner the beaded thread had stuck. A knock at the door ended her cursing, though she knew firsthand that most nobles wouldn’t care about being overheard.
“You may enter!” She said it before she figured out what to do with the caught scabbard, and scrambled to wrap it once more around her waist. Dimitrea entered, already having changed from her formal gown. Larke bowed to her reflexively, and in the process, ripped the thread of beads. They scattered across the ground, a dozen shining balls of silver. Larke dropped to gather them, her back stiff, only to freeze when Dimitrea dropped a hand on her shoulder.
“Don’t worry about it,” she said. Then, “you did well tonight.” And call it the stress of travel or the fear of discovery or whatever, Larke’s throat tightened at her words.
I’m editing an adult contemporary fantasy right now and just started drafting this project on the side. I’m hoping to continue writing both adult and YA fantasy in the future, and possibly other genres as well.
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