I have been creating stories since before I could write them down. Seriously, I remember drawing them out, panel by panel, on loose scraps of paper or on the inside covers of coloring books. I still enjoy stories that combine printed and visual text (think graphic novels or manga). In graduate school, I took the opportunity to study my true love, young adult literature (especially young adult fantasy). Here, I was able to explore not only what books young readers are picking up today, but why they read them in the first place.
I am in the process of trying to publish my young adult fantasy novel The Emerald Truth:
When Avera McConnell is charged by her mother to become guardian of a mysterious emerald charm, she thinks she has finally secured a way to help her troubled family. Yet trouble only escalates when she allows the charm to be seen during a trip to town. Soon a sorcerer is hunting her, seeking the charm to unlock the power of the ancient Nivenrok stone. In order to prevent the sorcerer from rising to power, Avera must uncover secrets about the Nivenrok buried deep in her family’s past.
My previous publications include a short story in Persona and several several reviews in Sycamore Review and First Opinions, Second Reactions. I have a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a MA from Purdue University, where I wrote my thesis The Quest for Self-Identity: The New Epic Mission of Young Adult Fantasy Literature.
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