EARTH IN THE SKY

editing, querying fall 2022

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Long Longlisted for 2022 Cheshire Novel Prize

THE FOUR WINDS x UPROOTED

 

Oklahoma, 1893. High Noon.

It's still the wild west. The world is hot, lawless, barren. Tenacious Minnie Hoopes flees her past, determined to create a new life. Alone.

 

But, a Native woman from the past murmurs her story into the earth. While building her homestead, in mostly isolation, Minnie hears voices: is she losing her grip on her sanity or linking with ancestral memory?

 

EARTH IN THE SKY is a story about memory and perception, isolation versus community, and one’s elemental, propulsive search for home. And of course, there’s also a sexy cowboy.

Based on the true story of Laura's grandmother's grandmother.

Novel - Historical Fiction, Fabulist

THE HISTORY OF STARLIGHT

querying

GONE WITH THE WIND x ALADDIN

 

This is the story of the battle against oblivion. It begins with a girl, long ago. 

Jerusalem, 978 BCE. A reckless princess and surly warrior-scribe must secure their nation's legacy in a world bursting with rebellions and betrayals.

Novel - Historical Fiction

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POETRY

published and submitting

"regret (noun): a time traveler" on One Sentence Poems. link

 

More poems forthcoming in literary journals.  

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BLUE BEYOND THE SEA

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submitting

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE meets THE BARON IN THE TREES

Short Story, 8,500 words - Historical Fiction, Fabulist, Literary 

Bavaria, 1109 CE. Edigna flees an arranged marriage, creating a home in the hollow of a linden tree. She creates a life, illuminating manuscripts for a nearby abbey. As she becomes notorious, a legendary story told round fires, she begins to lose her grip on the physical world. Like an influencer of today, she doesn’t like being only a story, she wants to be known too.

 

“Blue Beyond the Sea” explores the tension between body and spirit, reality and myth, and fate versus the power of calling. Of how we’re perceived or created into a story vs. the “real” self.

Aesthetic - Link to Instagram Reel 

THREE WORDS FOR WHAT WE'VE LOST

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submitting

Flash Fiction, 1,500 words - Fabulist, Literary

In modern day (2022) Rothenburg ob  der Tauber, Bavaria a museum guide wonders about the medieval concept of doubles -- and if her own shadow is detaching from her body. "Three Words I Didn't Know Before" explores pandemic isolation & trauma and the many versions of self & identity. 

Aesthetic - Link to Instagram Reel 

SUGAR IN THE WILDWOOD

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drafting

Early Middle Grade, Fantasy, Disability

A SONG FOR A WHALE +

THE PRINCESS IN BLACK + SNOW & ROSE

Sisters Hava and Ariella will fight that dragon and solve that riddle and defeat that annoying wizard and find their parents--

 

BEEP BEEP BEEP.

 

Oh no, but first -- Hava must gulp down some sparkling sugar dust. Or die. Because she's a Type One Diabetic.

 

A novel of magic and bravery, of perseverance and the overwhelming, powerful love between sisters

TRIBAL ELEMENTS novellas

drafting

Drafting novellas for supporting characters in the world of THE HISTORY OF STARLIGHT.

 

Currently drafting Bina, Carmiya, and Ximen. There's sailing and secrets and journeys. Outlining Neriah and Benaiah's adventures, with Benaiah's story potentially a novel-length prequel. 

Novellas - Historical Fiction

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a WALKIE-TALKIE story

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dreaming up

Short Story ​- Historical Fiction, Fabulist

Just dreaming up and putting the pieces together.

 

1950s. There are walkie-talkies. It's hot and dusty.  And two people, very alone.