YA Reimagining of Polish and Slavic Myths
I’ve been telling myself stories my entire life, but never wrote much fiction until after I graduated college. I completed my first NaNoWriMo in 2014 and I credit that event for finally giving me the courage to write the stories I’d been imagining for years. Most of my writing to date has been YA Fantasy and SciFi, but I also am an avid lover of rom-coms and have also tried my hand at an adult romance/rom-com. I’m open to exploring other genres as ideas get in my head and refuse to leave me alone!
I am currently working on a revision/rewrite of my current project – hoping to have another draft by March.
I make my living as a project manager for community outreach projects. As a history and anthropology major, when I was younger I thought I would pursue archaeology, but somehow ended up in the wild world of children’s media. My career is really important to me, so finding balance with writing is tough when my work-life gets crazy as projects launch or I need to travel for work.
I am a member of a recreational dodgeball team with friends from work. I love to cook, to eat what I cooked, and you’ll often find me at bar trivia with my friends. I am also the member of an insanely in-depth Harry Potter Book Club that’s gone on for about two years now, and we’re only now nearing the end of Deathly Hallows.
I gravitate towards fantasy and sci-fi that blends influences from history and folklore. I love slow-burn romance, am a sucker for fake-dating, and seemingly-doomed love. I love reading about girls that are tough as nails in all sorts of ways (not only physically) and boys that can recognize the emotions and needs of others.
Some all time YA favorites include Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga trilogy, Susan Dennard’s Witchland series (the pacing! the characters! the slow burn that might kill me!), Robin LaFever’s His Dark Assassins series (determined heroines who are all fierce in different ways, ), and of course Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse.
Recent reads I loved: Julie C Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades, Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves, CV Wyk’s Blood and Sand.
Romance Authors I love include Christina Lauren, Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Julie James.
I think most tropes can be explored in new ways, so I like to stay open minded.
Hard No: Sexual violence or gratuitous violence.
The Alamannic Empire conquered Sileska after their young queen drowned tragically just days after leading her forces to a decisive win in battle. Raised by her enemies, Ksenia, the queen’s sister and last princess of Sileska, has protected herself by transforming into a proper Alamannic lady, ingratiating and indebting herself to powerful courtiers, and maneuvering to marry her preferred match, Prince Burkhardt, the older brother of her only true friend at court.
But another foreign princess, Teta, is betrothed to her prince and Ksenia learns that she will soon be betrothed to the general who is rumored to have caused her sister’s death after she humiliated him in battle twelve years ago. Desperate to finally act against her captors and escape her sister’s fate, Ksenia finds an unlikely ally in a Sileskan mercenary serving in the Alamannic army, and in Teta, a secret magic user who was betrayed by her father to protect her people’s true heir. Together they make a plan: the mercenary will help Teta escape before the wedding and to soothe the sting of the loss of his betrothed, Ksenia will offer herself to Burkhardt before her betrothal to the general can be made public.
Teta attempts casts a spell to shield Ksenia from harm before she flees. But years of hiding her magic proves dangerous as the spell goes awry and the girls are suddenly linked: when one gets injured, so does the other. Desperate, they flee the castle and decide to seek help from one of the old goddesses. But, receiving aid from a goddess is not as easy as simply asking for her help, and she sends them on a quest to recover her lost love before she will offer her protection. Together, they travel through Alamannic territories to follow the orders of the goddess while on the run from the general’s men, bounty hunters, and Burkhardt.
Inspired by Polish and Slavic myths and legends, Castle of Flames is a 90,000 word work of young adult fantasy. Written as the start of a series, it can stand alone.
Tetanya of the Boemore tuned out the droll voice bellowing at the front of the Great Hall, as she stood in the back of the crowd thinking of how pinched her toes felt in her nicest shoes. They were the ones she wore when she first entered the court in Krunlin two years ago. She’d grown since then, and her feet would be throbbing for days if this assembly lasted much longer.
Teta felt a sharp poke in her rib cage and turned to her neighbor to see a girl with a long blonde braid and a scowl on her face.
“It’s you they want to see,” she said. The girl shoved Teta forward and she stumbled over her too tight slippers, but found her footing and walked forward. Teta rolled back her shoulders and gathered her skirts in her hand to prevent any more stumbling.
Her heart pounded. She had let her mind wander too far, and had missed General Rytigier calling her name, calling her forward to stand before the entire court.
Teta walked as quickly and gracefully as possible, a storm of emotions roiling inside her even as she did her best to erase them all from her face. There were many: annoyance at the girl who shoved her forward; confusion that anyone at court would think of her at all, let alone call her forward during an assemblage; but most of all, anger, her constant companion these past two years as a prisoner in the Alamannic court. She told herself today was not the day to be difficult. For once, she would keep her emotions hidden. This was not the time to make one of the scenes for which she’d become infamous.
Most of my projects have been YA Fantasy or Sci-Fi, and I’ve also drafted a rom-com for fun.
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