Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - Adult and Young Adult
I write young adult and adult science fiction and fantasy novels. Mostly adult science fiction these days but I still have some young adult ideas and fantasy stories in my idea list, so I’m not limiting myself yet. I have a few really strong critique partners, but I’m always looking for 1-2 more as different partners filter through various writing and life seasons.
I also run a beta reading group for writers of young adult and adult science fiction and fantasy. We have about 20 members so far and our goal is to maintain high numbers so everyone can have 3-5 beta readers at any given time they have their full manuscript ready to post for a final read before querying and/or self-publishing. If you’re interested in either connecting with me or just getting information about the beta reading group I’d love to hear from you!
Outside of writing I’m a wife, mother of four kids (9, 7, 2, 7 months), labor and delivery nurse, and photographer. I don’t really have hobbies because I keep turning my hobbies into jobs…
I mostly read science fiction and fantasy, but occasionally I go for a good contemporary romance, like Kasie West or Abigail Johnson’s. Some of my favorite authors are Beth Revis, Mary E. Pearson, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and of course Suzanne Collins and JK Rowling.
The only hard no I have is probably sex scenes, and even then, if you tell me a book has one or two and you’re okay with me skipping over them, I will still read the rest of the book.
This is a baby idea about a son who discovers he’s a clone of his “mother’s” deceased son, but it’s probably the next YA book I’ll write. My current projects are all adult.
My adult projects tend to dance around topics about pregnancy and infertility – as a labor and delivery nurse I enjoy those topics, and I feel like infertility and pregnancy loss are real issues that are rarely addressed in fiction. But I add in crazy diseases and artificial wombs and things to spice it up and keep it from feeling too real.
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- Offer to swap a small sample of your works, so you can see if you're really compatible. First chapters are a good starting place.
- If one party no longer wants to continue the interaction, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes finding the right CP takes time.
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