MG Light SF
First things first: I hate talking about myself.
Okay, then. I write and read (obviously) and I love to run (but not outside). My passion is traveling to new places, both internationally and domestically. Next on the list, Ireland! (I hope…)
My goal is to one day be traditionally published. Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of MG adventure, although I also dabble in YA and adult stories when the mood strikes.
Stories with speculative elements, adventure, horror, fantasy, commercial and literary, funny kids, fairy tales, mythology, genre-bending books… (I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all that comes to mind)
lower-MG, magical realism
Until now, all of twelve-year-old Matt’s inter-dimensional adventures have been in his head, which suits him just fine. It’s safe in there. All he needs is a stack of comic books for his life to feel complete. That is, until his bedroom gets gatecrashed by a girl named Mari who claims to be from another dimension. According to Mari, Matt’s mom secretly works for the government, and she’s invented a device capable of creating portals to parallel dimensions. A device some people would kill to get.
It looks like all Matt’s sci-fi dreams are coming true, but Mari’s on a mission—and that mission isn’t playing multiverse tour guide to a geeky couch potato. She wants to find something hidden in his mom’s office and then get out quick. But before Mari can find what she needs, the dangerous men tailing her show up. And it’s Matt they want.
Turns out, there’s nothing like being threatened by sinister strangers to talk you into a treasure hunt across the multiverse. As Matt and Mari jump through dimensions with fire-breathing dragons, sentient plant overlords, and aliens working for the postal service, they are pursued by the mysterious Traveler, who is bent on claiming the device as his own, and who might be closer to Matt than he could ever imagine.
But Mari has a secret agenda—she’s on a rescue mission. The Traveler has already kidnapped one version of Matt, the version who happens to be Mari’s best friend. And that makes her travel companion expendable.
MATT AND MARI TAKE ON THE MULTIVERSE is a standalone novel with series potential told from Matt’s and Mari’s alternating viewpoints.
Chapter One: Matt
The Sixteenth-Parallel version of me is sitting on the floor, mowing down zombies in Apocalypse IV: Extermination, when the girl appears out of nowhere.
In my bedroom.
And I’m not wearing pants.
“Hey!” I shout, dropping the controller and scrambling for a pair of jeans. It’s not that I’m embarrassed by my Star Wars: Return of the Jedi boxer shorts, but I’d prefer not to flaunt them in front of strangers.
Strangers who just appear in my room, no big deal.
My brain is starting to catch up to the situation and my pulse races. I feel like I’ve just finished running the mile in PE, which is crazy because I. Don’t. Run.
The girl stows something in the pocket of her navy-blue hoodie. She looks to be about my age (twelve, maybe thirteen?) and she’s Asian, with short, choppy black hair and dark brown eyes.
Those eyes widen when she sees me, sprawled on the floor, tugging my jeans up my left leg and trying to shield myself with my Batman comforter.
“It worked! I can’t believe it worked!”
I gape at her, and for the first time, I wonder if I’m dreaming. Since I’m fully clothed now, I pinch myself, which hurts—a lot.
Okay, so this is real then.
That’s cool. Everything’s fine.
Except it’s not, because some strange girl just apparated into my bedroom.
I write primarily upper-MG and YA stories, always with some kind of speculative element. My current WIPs are a YA historical fantasy based on Irish folklore/mythology and an MG supernatural horror about a haunted house and shadow magic.
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