Books and Stories

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” —Madeleine L’Engle

Completed and Edited - Middle Grade Fantasy
Evie and the Boy from the Sea​


When 11-year-old misfit Evie climbs a hollow driftwood tree, she finds a merboy named Miko and tumbles into his oceanic world. But Miko’s in trouble for the crime of befriending a human boy – that’s why he was locked in the tree. Now he must face the deadly Seven Challenges as his last chance to be free. With the help of a vegetarian tiger, a delusional turkey, and a mysterious sorceress with magical wigs, Evie must harness all her oddball skills to discover her own true magic or lose her friend forever.

This 56,000 word middle grade fantasy is a modern fairytale for anyone who has ever felt like a misfit, in the vein of Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories with the unexpected twists and turns of Labyrinth.

Completed and Edited - Middle Grade Fantasy
Jaren Silverwing and the Darkest Spell


13-year-old Unseelie fairy Jaren is a wily survivor, making his coin as a street performer in rough-and-tumble Seelie City. But when the Royal Guards catch wind of his political performance, he has to disappear into the shadows. On the run, he discovers a cruel enchantment the Seelies used to imprison the souls of his people.


When Jaren meets four young refugee fairies on a mission to rescue their queen from the King's prisons, Jaren decides to do one last bold performance to get himself arrested, try to find the refugee queen, and free the souls of his people.

This 56,000 word high-stakes fantasy takes a new view of the Seelie vs. Unseelie dynamic. It will appeal to fans of J.A. White, Jonathan Auxier, and Rick Riordan.

Completed First Draft - Young Adult Fantasy
Guardians of Earth and Sky​

In a world flooded by rising oceans, young Saiya dug herself out of a sandy grave with an egg, a sword, and no memories. She lives peacefully on her island until the day a beautiful pirate queen comes ashore in the custody of mercenaries with deadly intent.

Across the sea, fiery Aeralen – a winged Aviyon – was ripped away from her twin brother and sold as a child slave to the spoiled Immortal Prince. Now sixteen, she plots escape - and revenge.


Saiya and Aeralen’s destinies collide as they search for the truth about their pasts, uncover powerful magics, and fight the cruel designs of a ruthless Prince in this duel POV fantasy.

Work-in-Progress - Middle Grade Fantasy

Nix in the Underworld​


All 12-year-old Nix wants is for her mother, Persephone, to stay with her in the Underworld forever. But her pomegranate-infused plot falters when her father, Hades, disappears - and Zeus is probably to blame. Can Nix and her sneaky best friend Hermes solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and save the Underworld from a fate worse than death?

Work-in-Progress - Young Adult Fantasy

The Wyst Chronicles

17-year-old Sera has survived kicks and punches and sinks full of dirty dishes in dead-end Barterton. But her luck changes when she finds a tiny, half-dead Wyst – a young man barely six inches tall and filled with deadly magic. She sets off to sell him, buy her freedom papers, and find the man who promised her the world.

But the Wyst, 18-year-old Azaru – an enslaved King’s assassin – intends to escape from Sera, free a friend from bondage, and leave his tormented, brutal past behind.

Facing cutthroat enemies and harsh terrain, a grudging friendship forms despite their mutual fear and prejudice as they uncover a decades-old betrayal and the true origins of the Wysts. When Azaru’s life is threatened and the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Sera must decide where her loyalties lie.


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