My name is Emily. I’ve been writing and reading my whole life. I’ve spent the past 3 1/2 years working on what I hope to be my debut novel. I’ve written a rough draft and I’m now working on a full re-write. My deadline for this re-write is March 20th. I hope to have the novel polished and ready for the query stage by summer 2019.
Apart from writing, I love singing and music. I’m taking regular singing lessons and performance workshops. I hope to be an author/singer one day.
I recently finished my Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. I’ve taken classes on grammar and linguistics, as well as a variety of English literature courses. I’ve studied everything from Beowulf (in Old English!) to Shakespeare to Victorian Literature to hard-boiled fiction to contemporary children’s lit, and more. I’m also fluent in French.
My tastes are varied. I love everything from fantasy to realism. There’s nothing that pulls me in harder than high concept. Engaging characters and suspense are my favourites. I love page-turners.
I’m not interested in pro-life or overtly religious stories. Not interested in poetry, flash fiction, picture books, memoirs, or non-fiction.
Gaian society is divided between Kastrel and Morakiel. Lux, a Kastrel girl, lived her whole life within the castle walls of Occasus. Crippled by social anxiety caused by her oppressive father, Lux is unable to form friendships and prefers the company of books. When she begins to feel unsafe at home, she meets Ignis, a Morakiel boy who may be her ticket to freedom.
She runs away from home and meets a Morakiel named Georgi who takes her in. Georgi and Ignis show her their Morakiel society and how it’s like on the other side of the castle walls. But when Lux learns about the injustices of her society, she can’t stay silent anymore.
Caught in a battle between her mind and body, Lux is forced to make hard decisions that will impact her future and all of life on Gaia. Will she fight on her own, or learn to open herself to friendship?
I hear the yelling outside my chamber door and I can tell it’s gone on for a while. My heartbeat is racing, and my palms are clammy with sweat. I try to rub my leg against the cool sheet, but the sweat on my skin clings to it instead. My parents are screaming at each other and I’m lying here, praying it will stop. But it doesn’t and this is normal. At least, it’s my normal. As I lie staring at the ceiling, I lose track of time. How long until I’m forced to walk out into the battlefield? I swing my arm to the cold, stone floor to retrieve my cellphone. The time flashes back at my face. It’s 8:07. At once, my heartbeat kicks up the speed and I can feel the sweat pool in my armpits. I have exactly three minutes to get my butt in class before I’m late. And late is unacceptable. I’m forced to dash out of bed and pull on whatever I can grab first. Sweatpants and a dark t-shirt? It will have to do. I try to pull open my chamber door with as little noise as possible. From my room, it sounds as though they are screaming directly outside of it, but they aren’t. They’re just that loud. They’re in the hallway near it, and at this moment, like so many moments before, I wish to be invisible. It doesn’t work.
I plan on writing 7 books in the 7 Codes of GOD series. After that, I’d like to write a prequel and sequel set in the same universe but featuring different protagonists. These would all fall into speculative fiction, mainly fantasy/dystopian. They would be targeted to MG, YA, or NA, depending on the book itself.
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