YA Fantasy: Marco finds himself lost in a fantasy world when he runs away from home.
My name is Nisa Ryan, you can find me on Twitter @Seidrwitch. I’m a mother to two wonderful kids (4yrs and 14yrs) and the spouse of an amazing Sailor. I currently live in Italy so my time-zone is different but I can make things work!
After teaching ESL for the past 6 years I’ve come to appreciate the anxiety and isolation that often comes with moving to a foreign country and being unable to understand what people are trying to tell you. It makes one feel very small and alone when such a basic necessity as communication is suddenly taken away from you. I hope to capture that feeling, and more, in my story about a young Mexican-Japanese boy who finds himself whisked from his familiar San Diego, CA to Kyoto, Japan with his mother only to find a disapproving Grandfather. Angry with the situation, he runs away to find himself pulled into a hidden world where he must prove his worth in order to return home.
I like to read stories with unexpected heroes/heroines! Series like The Luna Chronicles threw me for a major loop with the interesting twist on traditional fairy tales. I enjoyed the fresh take on vampires found in the P.C. Casts’ series, House of Night. And I enjoy anything by Rick Riordan, J.K Rowling, and more mature works such as those by Mercedes Lackey, Ursula K. Le Guin, and J.R.R Tolkien as they are the basis to all our fantasy today!
I don’t do gore or extreme horror. It’s not that I think it is bad, I’m just not personally interested in it. Light horror such as ghost stories, vampires/werewolves, and the like are OK I just don’t want them to be blood-drenched to the extreme.
I enjoy reading YA titles that revolve around strong female protagonists who like to make it or break it mixed with a dash of subtle romance (LGBTQIA + welcomed), swords & sorcery, and the not so happy ending.
Seventeen-year-old Marco is desperately trying to reconnect with his mother. Ever since his dad’s death, she’s been so focused on work she barely has any time for Marco.
So, when summer break begins with a trip to visit his grandmother in Japan, Marco has hopes that his mom will finally live up to her promises but instead, work takes over. One night, after arguing again, Marco packs his bags and runs off to take refuge in the woods. But, when he awakens the next morning, he finds that he’s been transported into a mystical world populated by a nefarious war-lord, dangerous Oni, magical yokai and a mysterious glowing sword known as the Oni-waka No Tsurugi.
With the help of a Tengu warrior and a sly Kitsune, Marco must find a way to save this land from an evil war-lord and get back home before it’s too late.
Oni-Waka is inspired by Japanese folklore, especially yokai legends. It is an exploration of the relationships forged between family and friends and what happens when those relationships break down. This story sheds light on one teen’s quest to save the world while also saving himself and what family he has left.
“Wake up, boy! Run!”
My eyes snapped open with a gasp as someone pulled me to my feet and forced into a jog. I did not understand where I was or what was happening. All I knew was that this strange giant bird was dragging me along behind him.
“What’s going on? Where am I? Who are you? What are you?” the questions tumbled out as we ran, my arm was chafing beneath the black scaled palm that ended in long curved talons that wrapped around my wrist.
“No time, just run. They’ll catch up to us if you don’t keep moving!” the birdman squawked from between his dark beak. Large brown eyes peered at me as I pulled against his grip forcing us to stop. Twisting my arm, I got free and as I rubbed my bruised wrist, I took a moment to take my captor in. He stood only as tall as me but he was utterly inhuman.
I hope to write more stories about Marco, his journey never fully ends.
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