Hi, I’m Hannah! I mainly write YA but have a drafted romance novel collecting dust in my Google drive and the start of an adult fantasy thing keeping it company. I love writing YA mostly because I’m still a kid at heart (and probably will be forever). I write not just for the young adults but also for the adults who want young adult adventures so I try to make sure that dialogue is snappy and relatable, that the adventures are big and bold, and conflicts that are reflective of the times and trials of everyone. When I’m not writing – which isn’t often… or by choice – I’m out hiking the wilds of Idaho with my two dogs – Goku and K’nex – training horses, or reading.
I love anything Tamora Pierce, Sarah J Maas, Diana Wynne Jones, and many many more if my sagging bookcase is anything to go by. I’m a sucker for literally any book with girl hiding her gender to then best the boys, ditto for enemies to lovers stories, and haven’t met a story with magic that I haven’t loved.
It is never a good day when the word ‘Leechers’ lingers on the breeze. All who hear it fall into a pitying, terrified silence as they are reminded that with the word comes the realization that another life has been lost; another member of the coven taken from this world. The word also came with the secret guilty burn of relief that at least it wasn’t them or theirs, followed by the gut-wrenching agony that comes with the destruction of the sanctity of their hometown. While Leechers have always seemed to favor children, no witch felt safe when it felt like the Leechers were everywhere at once. The boogeymen that hid under beds and in shadows, ready to steal the light from someone’s eyes.
It had been that way for as long as I could remember. Young, promising witches suddenly, secretly, being dragged off to Goddess knew where, to have their life leeched away. The only thing that was ever left behind was the husk of their body, dried and shriveled up like a bug who’d died in the crook of a bathroom that was never swept. Papery tendrils of skin and hair that would catch in drains and corners of alleys to be found in the light of the new day.
“Why isn’t the High Priestess doing anything about them?” A witch in jeans and a thick sweater asks her companion – whose arm is linked tight into her side, because any witch worth her salt knew better than to go outside in the days following an attack alone.
“What could she do? They’d drain her dry just as fast as the kids.” Her companion says, eyes wide and darting from corner to corner like a rabbit who’d scented a fox.
I try desperately to ignore the conversation, ducking my head and fiddling with the earbud perched in my ear; it’s silent, they’re more for show than to play music. In fact, the cord isn’t even plugged into anything, just tucked into my pocket.
I write mainly YA fiction with my last few projects being a YA fantasy novel about a girl who turns into a dragon, a YA contemporary fantasy Greek mythology retelling, and letting my brain churn up an extended version of a short story that was published in an anthology that explores the Butterfly Effect.
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