Hi, I’m Hannah! I mainly write YA but have a drafted romance novel collecting dust in my Google drive and the start of an adult fantasy thing keeping it company. I love writing YA mostly because I’m still a kid at heart (and probably will be forever). I write not just for the young adults but also for the adults who want young adult adventures so I try to make sure that dialogue is snappy and relatable, that the adventures are big and bold, and conflicts that are reflective of the times and trials of everyone.
When I’m not writing – which isn’t often… or by choice – I’m out hiking the wilds of Idaho with my two dogs – Goku and K’nex – training horses, or reading.
17-year old Ellena has a gift. She can play the music that lives in everyone and everything. When her gift gets out of hand, Ellena winds up accidentally summoning Ares, Greek god of War, to the modern world. Ares threatens not only Ellena’s life, but her carefully planned future and she now has to send him back to Olympus before she misses audition deadlines, or dies at the end of his spear.
Ares impressive unpopularity makes getting help from the other gods about as easy as finding a volunteer replacement for Prometheus. Only when they discover that Ellena is Apollo’s long lost lyre, that they offer to help. It becomes clear that the only way to return Ares to Olympus is through the Underworld by completing a quest that once ended in death.
The journey will test her gift, what Ellena knows about herself, and a choice will have to be made – continue the path to music school, the future she once thought was her only option, or follow where the music leads.
A laugh twinkles in my ear, like flutes in a twitter of happiness. A siren’s song that leads me to a viola that soars with Wednesday anticipation. My feet set the beat against the browning grass while my mind takes a small sound bite from every soul, assembling and reassembling them like pieces of a symphonic puzzle. The murmur of souls from every student melds into a song so vivacious and alive, it’s a shame I’m the only one who hears it.
A metal door clashes shut, and a rowdy band of honking trumpets coming from a half dozen jocks snap me out of daze. I blink stupidly, trying to reorient, and glance down. The sheet of music where I had been writing my audition piece is filled with the music from my trip down the rabbit hole of Stillwater High’s cesspool of emotions. I curse quietly under my breath and scribble across the face of the page in frustrated streaks of graphite. Bad, Ellena! You’ve got to stop letting other pieces take over; this audition is everything!
I breathe, focusing inwards – on the special place inside of me where I’ve tucked the audition piece that is going to set me free of this place – but the magic is gone. The silence weighs on me like the aching chills of a fever, and frustration is a termite consuming my concentration like it is nothing more than a house made of popsicle sticks. Writing this audition piece should be a cakewalk, but it’s a nightmare. Such a nightmare that I’m on the brink of shredding it into confetti and feeding it to the lab rats fifth period.
On top of working on edits on this project I’m also working on drafting a witchy twist on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD where a young witch must stop a group of killers known only as The Leechers from killing any more young witches and discovers that the people she trusted most could be the ones behind it all.
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