I have always been a voracious reader, and have always played with the idea of writing down my own stories. One day I began writing, just to prove to myself that I could do it.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in English many years ago, but at that time my focus was literature and not creative writing, and once I graduated I became a full time Administrative Assistant. As a hobby I have written eight books including two YA Urban Fantasy, a YA Epic Fantasy, a YA Mythological Fantasy, a children’s picture book, and three adult romances, all in various stages of editing. I have yet to submit any for publication. Taking that next step is scary, but I hope to begin the query process for my YA Urban Fantasy this summer.
Having the support of a critique partner would be invaluable. Living in a rural community, it is difficult for me to connect with others who have the passion and knowledge to help guide me. I hope with the help of a critique partner I can hone my work and take the next step toward publishing, and in return help to share my knowledge, give you honest constructive advice, and be a cheerleader for you.
Thank you for your consideration on becoming critique partners.
I write what I read, mostly young adult fantasy, romance, adventure, and horror. My favorite author is Jane Austen. Some of the recent books YA books I have read include Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey, The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, and The Haunted by Danielle Vega.
I am not interested in historical war stories.
Clinging to the threads of her past, Vanessa Brooks is ripped from her home and forced to live with an aunt she loathes. But when she arrives at her new residence, Vanessa fears they are not alone. Is someone lurking in the shadows, or is it only the twisted imagination of a traumatized teen?
Aunt Jane maneuvered the Expedition down a narrow winding tunnel. A wall of trees stood on each side like prison bars. A canopy of branches linked and extended over the roadway, casting fingers of shadow in the fading daylight. I lowered the window and sucked in a deep breath, but a dense cloud settled in my chest as the unaccustomed humidity flooded my lungs. There was no escape except forward or backwards, and Aunt Jane wasn’t going back. My home, the only home I had ever known, was now in the hands of strangers.
Jessie draped her head over my seat and put her golden nose out the open window. She panted and slobber dripped from her tongue onto my shoulder. She seemed as tired of the trip as I was. Eighteen long hours of torture. We could have made better time if I had offered to share in the driving. Instead, I stared out the window as we passed through the urban congestion of the Twin Cities on our way north to our new residence. I refused to call it home. It would never be my home. It would be my prison. And Aunt Jane, my jailor.
“Not far now. You’re going to love Autumn Grove.” Aunt Jane twittered with excitement as she pushed her atrocious canary glasses up her nose for the hundredth time.
“Don’t bet on it.” I folded my arms and stared stubbornly out the window.
I have multiple books in various stages of editing. A YA Epic Fantasy, part two of my Urban Fantasy that has elements of horror, a Paranormal/Mythological, a children’s picture book, and adult romance. In the future I hope to write more of the same, and more children’s picture books.
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