YA fantasy about those who wander, those who are lost, and finding the way home
Writer of speculative MG and YA. While I dabble, my work generally tends to be somewhat quirky and offbeat. I love genre-mixing, and if you’re a fan of The Good Place, we’ll probably get along. I’ve written a comic that was published in WAYWARD SISTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MONSTROUS WOMEN (think The Golden Girls as elderly Chinese vengeance demons), as well as another lady monster-themed short story that will be published in the prose horror anthology MALAISE. I’m also a publishing intern and was a finalist/semifinalist in a “write the worst opening line to a novel” comedy contest four times.
Ling is beautiful, cunning, a dreamer, and destined for greatness—but for now, she’s stuck pounding compost on her no-nonsense mother’s mushroom farm. When one of the Imakundi—a legendary band of wandering warriors—comes to their remote, poisonous bog and declares he’s Ling’s father, she’s overjoyed. Her mother forbids her from seeing him, but Ling has never listened to her mother without a fight. She is determined to know this man who has lived the stories she loves, but more than that, she intends to join him on his wanderings—and leave the bog forever. But as Ling tries to uncover her parents’ past and her own origins, she discovers that the choice between the woman who raised her and the man who desperately wants to claim her is more complicated than she thought.
Elsewhen, another wandering warrior embarks on her own journey, traveling through a land with five seasons a day, each with its own perils, to find her lost child. When Ling’s story collides with this mysterious warrior’s, long-buried secrets force her to decide where her destiny—and her family—really lies.
There was an old saying in the village that you don’t know what kind of person someone is until the worst misfortune that could befall them has happened. Travelers were often startled by the villagers’ unusual and ominous blessing for births, weddings, and those about to depart on a long journey: May you never know yourself; may we all be so lucky.
Before the warrior’s baby was stolen by a witch who had lost her own, she had never wielded a weapon against another human being, let alone gone on a quest worthy of any legend. That was not to say her life had been easy, because it hadn’t. While her life had not been long, it had been generally difficult, occasionally painful, and almost always lonely. She was alone when she had given birth, until the moment she wasn’t, of course.
When she learned that the witch had spirited her only remaining family out of the village and past the Land of Five Seasons, she had felt a pain deep in her chest as if her heart would burst, like a sporing puffball. But though she had only been able to use it on a handful of occasions, she had a capacity for love that was as powerful as thunder but not at all fleeting. And so it was that a wide-eyed young woman from a nowhere village armed herself with what weapons she had and set out on a journey on a raft made of the bones of small animals. It was the first time she had left the village in her life.
I mostly write MG, but I have two sequels planned.
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