MG Fantasy Adventure
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)
There isn’t anything twelve-year-old Hope wouldn’t do to capture the perfect photograph, and as the daughter of field archeologists, she has a lot of opportunities. But to win her dream photography contest, she’ll need to find something special. The Taj Mahal in India? Anyone could take that shot. Elephants in Thailand? Been there, seen that.
So when she stumbles upon a ruin deep in the Amazon rainforest, Hope breaks her parents’ only rule: never, ever touch the artifacts. But accidentally uncorking the millennia-old jar she discovers will do more than get Hope grounded. It releases a legendary Peruvian monster.
As people from the local village vanish one by one, Hope knows she must stop the creature she freed. Her new friend Diego is no Indiana Jones (he’d rather fly his drone or organize his collection of Star Wars figurines), but he’s not about to let Hope go monster hunting on her own, especially once the monster starts taking people they care about—including Hope’s dad.
Hope is determined to discover the mysteries of the ancient jar in order to rescue her dad and stop the monster before it hurts anyone else. But there’s more to this thing she awakened than she initially realized…and she just might have unleashed a curse unlike any the world has ever seen.
Believe it or not, there are only three rules for being the daughter of archeologists: Don’t forget to pack a toothbrush, always keep twenty bucks in your pocket, and whatever you do, never, ever touch the artifacts.
Simple and easy, right? As of six weeks ago, I’d made it twelve years without ever breaking the rules.
That is, until I touched one lousy artifact, unleashed a millennia worth of magic, and kick-started the end of the world.
Let me back up.
The trouble started in Peru. My parents were on another South American dig, this time in search of what my mom calls “the cradle of civilization.” Whatever that means. And because I’m homeschooled and—you know—twelve, I had to tag along.
It should have been like any other trip. My parents were invited to the dig by an old classmate of Dad’s who had found something of archaeological importance deep in the Amazon rainforest. This wasn’t my first visit to South America and I seriously doubted it would be my last. Having to drop everything and fly thousands of miles to the middle of nowhere might bother most kids, but not me.
See, I’m a photographer.
Not an I-photograph-everything-I-eat photographer. A real photographer. With a real, if somewhat antique, camera.
You know how on travel websites there’s always one user who uploads vivid photos in crisp, digital detail? Those photos that you’re positive must have been taken by a professional for a world-famous, globetrotting magazine?
Yep, that’s me: explorergurl_0811.
I write primarily upper-MG and YA stories, always with some kind of speculative element. My current WIP is a YA historical fantasy based on Irish folklore/mythology.
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