Spec fic YA writer, current project: urban fantasy w/ Celtic mythology MERCY THOMPSON meets BUFFY
Hi! I write speculative fiction, usually novel-length, and usually YA, though I’ve delved into some middle grade as well. My favorite things are kickass female characters, super loyal besties, dogs, romance subplots, mythology & magic, and endings that border on HFN to HNA.
I have a 2.5 year-old kid, and a puppy, so my writing time can be hard-won. I got my MFA from UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA program, and I’m currently in the process of writing the first book in an urban fantasy YA series that I hope will be worthy of agent-querying (previous completed novels have been shelved for now).
In my non-writing time I like to read, blog, organize things, decorate my paper planner with stickers, and do all things witchy and wonderful.
I love books with unlikely heroines who find their strength despite trauma. When bad things happen to basically good people. I’m a sucker for a tragic ending (just not the ones where everyone dies), and basically anything that celebrates differences instead of condemning them. Some of my favorites are Jacqueline Carey’s Naamah trilogy, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, anything by N K Jemisin, and Melissa Caruso’s Swords and Fire trilogy.
I’m really tired of whiny white boy protagonists (a la Iron Fist). I’m not big on contemporary realism, but love a good urban/contemp fantasy. I’ll read middle grade for the right CP, but it isn’t my first love. Also very tired of the Abrahamic good vs. evil, Satanist, etc. version of witchcraft. Let’s get some legit Pagan witches up in here!
Morraine hasn’t sought out her bio parents; she doesn’t want her adoptive parents to think they aren’t enough. The same week that strange things start happening to her, Morraine’s bio mom shows up and declares that she’s a Celtic war goddess. Morraine has to navigate new relationships, stay alive when gods and goddesses are trying to kill her, and protect her mortal best friend from collateral damage.
From the Ashes – a post-apocalyptic YA
Finding Starlight – a fantasy adventure MG
hopefully sequels to my current WIP
SFF solarpunk about a poly triad who have to save their dying world
Beauty and the Beast retelling
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