I write queer YA fantasy and paranormal. Or urban fantasy. Or whatever fits the book, really. Note all these summaries are works-in-progress, much like the manuscripts themselves.
My baby is a YA dystopian fantasy novel titled Coldfire, which I began writing in April 2008. It’s changed a lot since its inception. At this point in time, it’s probably too big an undertaking for my current skill, but I’m trying to make it work. Tossing up whether to keep it dystopian or make it a full-on high fantasy.
Coldfire is about a teenage girl who can harness the magic of the earth, and about a tyrannical government’s plans to obtain a magical artifact that will allow them to control the minds of every human being in the world. It is up to the girl and her friends–a girl who can manipulate fire, a werewolf boy who can heal injuries and a girl who can see into the future–to stop them.
My 2011 NaNoWriMo was a YA paranormal titled Deathwitch. I’m gonna rework this at some point.
Gwen Parker is a cheerleader who researches the occult in her spare time, especially enthralled by stories of the living dead. But that’s all they are: stories. Or so she thought. When members of her cheer squad begin dying under mysterious circumstances and rumors circulate of the dead rising from their graves, Gwen realizes those tales of mindless zombies and sentient dead with their own agendas are very much real… and they’ll stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
My 2016 NaNoWriMo was a YA paranormal titled Wolf Moon. That’s a working title. Don’t judge me. On hold for a while because I don’t want to detract from ownvoices trans writers.
The Grace family moves around a lot, rarely staying in the same place for more than a year. Between werewolf hunters and community scrutiny, it’s just safer to leave everything behind. Selene Grace, the oldest of three children, is used to keeping secrets. She’s a werewolf. She’s bisexual. She’s transgender. Making friends is hard enough for the average introverted teenager, let alone one who has to leave her friends behind every year and has a mountain of secrets she can’t see herself sharing with anyone.
Then a new boy starts at school, a week after the Grace kids, and takes an interest in Selene. An interest that she shares. But she’s seen her twin brother and little sister have their hearts broken often enough to know that it’s easier to not get attached.
I’m also working on an f/f retelling of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, started in April 2017 for Camp NaNoWriMo. Worldbuilding is a work in progress, hence the placeholder.
Tesana, the last princess of [kingdom], was doomed from birth when the king and queen refused to invite the fairy queen to her Naming Day. A century later, Eira, princess of thieves and product of a fairy deal that gave her life and killed her mother in return, is on the run from her murderous stepmother. When both princesses are cursed to eternal slumber, only true love’s kiss will save them. But when they meet in the dream world and fall in love, they quickly realise that a kiss in the dream world is not the same as a kiss in real life. One must wake up to save the other.
There are more types of love than just romance, but the princesses are doomed to watch helplessly while Eira’s loved ones fail to realise the power to save her rests in their hands.