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IN THE GREAT QUIET

querying

• Shortlisted for 2022 Retreat West Opening Lines Competition

• Long Longlisted for 2022 Cheshire Novel Prize

 

THE FOUR WINDS with the lyrical prose, immersive worldbuilding, and fabulism of THE WATER DANCER 

 Based on the life of my grandmother’s grandmother, IN THE GREAT QUIET is an upmarket adult historical fiction and fabulism story of 97,000 words. It is a genre-busting blend of history, folklore, mixed-media, and romance.

Oklahoma, 1893. High Noon.

It’s still the wild west, and in moments, the race begins. Minnie Hoopes flees her past, determined to establish a homestead in outlaw country. Alone on her homestead, she must build her farm and survive winter, all while withstanding storms, outlaws, hunger, isolation, and the sheriff who keeps asking questions about a hidden crime. During the long winter nights, Minnie hears voices whispering across the prairie. She wonders if she’s losing her grip on her sanity or linking with ancestral memory. In order to survive the wild west, Minnie must reconcile her past and find a community of her own. IN THE GREAT QUIET is a dual-timeline, feminist story about memory and perception, isolation versus community, and one’s elemental, propulsive search for home. And of course, there’s a sexy cowboy.

Novel - Historical Fiction and Fabulism

Aesthetic - link to Instagram aesthetic reel (with sound) 

BLUE BEYOND THE SEA

forthcoming - publication announcement soon!

Something calls from the wilderness, but

we must choose to answer.

 

Bavaria, 1108. Edigna flees an arranged marriage and creates a home in the hollow of a linden tree. She illuminates manuscripts for a nearby abbey, and as she becomes a legendary story told round fires, she begins to lose her grip on the physical world. She doesn’t want to be only a story: she wants to be a body too.

A magical short story that reimagines the medieval legend of Edigna of Puch as the original Rapunzel, for fans of V. E. Schwab’s Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, and Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. Inspired by the surprising blue fragments of lapis lazuli found by archeologists in the remains of a medieval woman’s teeth, Blue Beyond the Sea is a rewrite of the history of women in art.

Novelette, 8,500 words - Historical Fiction, Fabulist, Literary 

Aesthetic - Link to Instagram Reel 

• Honorable Mention for the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, Literary category

 

Flash Fiction, 1,900 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 for What We've Lost" explores pandemic isolation & trauma and the many versions of self & identity. 

Aesthetic - link to Instagram reel 

submitting

THREE WORDS FOR WHAT WE'VE LOST

"atmospheric instability (noun)" in Chapter House Journal

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

"nostos" and "achillea millefolium" in Frost Meadow Review

POETRY

published and submitting

While querying my second novel, I plan to draft and edit a few short story ideas that have been simmering for years.

Babylon, the middle ages, tulips, motherhood, perhaps even a space ship --- all feminist stories about women, each a blend of historical fiction and fabulism. 

SHORT STORIES

dreaming up and drafting

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

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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