The view from here
Two things I need when writing: a cup of tea and a view.
Most of my stories touch on topics like gender, literacy, social justice, mental health and climate change. Whether I draw from my own experiences or my imagination, my goal is to say something about this world we live in.
Forever Touch the Stars
When I was 15, I started writing a story about a girl who found out she was an alien.
Of course, I didn’t know how difficult it was to write a book, so I gave up on it a few pages in.
Over 20 years later, I picked the story up again, and I finished it on January 27, 2019!
Mood Board for Forever Touch the Stars
Twelve-year-old Liorah is an alien time traveler, but she doesn’t know it yet. The future is literally dying to tell her, but it’s bad enough being the new girl in Colony One, especially when her stepfather is the chief engineer and a real jerk! Time travel? No thank you. Liorah’s biggest priorities are fitting in and keeping out of trouble.
Until Colony One goes on lockdown and no one will tell Liorah why. Stuck inside for days playing cards with her droid, surrounded by secrets, Liorah starts to feel crazy. Crazy, like knowing what’s going to happen before it does. Crazy, like breaking into her parents’ room to figure out what’s going on.
It turns out, when you break one rule, it’s easier to break more. Before Liorah knows it, she’s face to face with a real-life ‘outsider’—a boy—and he’s sick. What’s worse is her stepfather made him sick. If she doesn’t help the boy, he’s going to die. But what can Liorah do? She’s just a kid. Plus, she’s terrified of germs. And the dark. And heights. And, well, just about everything.
Square Root of Love
Do you ever wonder why people pretend that bad stuff isn’t happening? Or that their lives aren’t completely messed up? Or that the world isn’t going to hell in a hand basket?
Well, that’s what inspired me to write The Square Root of Love!
Jared’s only relief from crushing anxiety is math, but when he wakes up on his 16th birthday seeing monsters, not even his trusted friend, Algebra, can save him.
As Jared struggles to figure out what’s happening to him, he discovers that at least ten per cent of the population can see monsters, and the monsters aren’t monsters—they’re aliens brought to earth against their will when Big Think, a greedy corporation, created a worm-hole in 1986.
For decades now, an epidemic of mental illness has plagued the planet, caused by the effort required to pretend everything is A-Okay. Monster-denial has destroyed humanity’s potential for happiness. Under extreme pressure from his parents to get in line and develop his skills of monster-denial, Jared risks his sanity to remain focused on the truth: the monsters are real.
When Jared joins an underground movement to end monster denial, he’s faced with certain imprisonment if he gets caught. On the other hand, if they can figure out what’s going on, maybe they can free the monsters, free themselves, and free humanity from its devastating monster-denial.
Come on, people! Everything is NOT A-Okay.
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