Middle grade fantasy with a folktale feel.
I am pre-agented and pre-published. My favorite genre to write in is folklore and fairy tale. That’s where my natural writing voice resides. My focus is middle-grade fantasy, but I have written a few historical fiction stories as well. I have a few awards to my name, and lots of great rejections! I also love to knit and spin yarn and breathe fresh air whenever possible, especially with my dog.
I love fantasies and historical fiction that tap into folklore. Some favorite texts are: The Night Gardner and Sweep (both by Jonathan Auxier) Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, Lockwood and Co. series, by Jonathan Stroud, and Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going (amazing voice!)
Heartfelt stories also grab me. Even though I don’t normally gravitate toward contemporary, I have shed many a tear over Each Little Bird that Sings, by Deborah Wiles, See You at Harry’s, by Jo Knowles, and Pieces of Why by K.L. Going, and of course, all three books by Angie Thomas! I LOVED On the Come UP.
No violence against women. I am not the best choice to critique stories about life on other planets.
“Annarisa? Annasira, are you listening?”
Annasira tumbled off the stool, knocking the bowl of barley flour to the dirt floor. Greysille sighed and handed Annasira the pine bough broom. Again.
“Sorry, Auntie,” said Annasira, sweeping the flour into a pile. Then she mumbled, “Don’t see why I have to practice anyway.”
Though Greysille was old, her hearing was impeccable.
Greysille shook her head. It was practice flour for learning symbols and words, not for baking, but still. The girl was clumsy, careless, a mind wandering to where it shouldn’t be. And time was running out. The eleventh spring was upon them. At this rate the girl, and her magic, would never be ready.
And Greysille had other things to do, things the girl couldn’t know about yet.
Greysille pursed her lips. “Annasira,” she said, reaching for a basket from the branch above the table. She missed and with a grunt, reached again. The branch, like everything else, seemed further away these days. “Go and gather mushrooms for dinner.”
Several short stories in fairy tale and folk tale style. These are not retellings.
Two other books that have been queried. Both have received awards or mentions, and full requests, but no long-term love from an agent.
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