~ Dual-Perspective YA Speculative Fiction ~
When father and daughter time-travelers intersect with conflicting ways to fight for peace and diversity, the future gets a bit murderous – and colorless.
NEUTRAL EXTINCTION is a YA science fiction utopian/dystopian. Told from a dual-perspective, NEUTRAL EXTINCTION will appeal to fans of time travel, family drama, murder mysteries, and adventures into what it truly means to be human.
Status: Done! Searching for a Literary Agent
~YA Supernatural Fantasy~
Six-thousand-and-sixteen-year-old Grave might be as old as the very first murder in creation, but she’s as sassy and lonely as a runaway teenager. Neither angel nor demon, Grave balances the gray area by guarding the dead from rising. She longs to find a purpose beyond the quiet tombs and her pushy brothers, Hell and Death.
Status: Fully outlined. Writing the first draft.
Lost in the Rising Sun
~Historical Speculative Fiction~
Based on interviews with my Japanese grandmother, her story mirrors the life of Chiyo in Memoirs of a Geisha, but from the perspective of a starving girl from a large un-loving family who finds kindness in the arms of an American Air Force Officer. My grandmother’s journey takes her through the great depression, World War II and Korean War, finding love, journeying across the world to a new country, then journeying back to her homeland as a missionary. I’m staying true to her real life with creative embellishments and name changes.
Status: Writing first draft.
Kisei never dreamed Americans would become refugees. She also never thought Japanese mythology characters were real. Now these gods are responsible for blasting a hole through the mid-Atlantic states and recreating the world in their image. Stranded in her parent’s homeland of Japan, Kisei finds herself in an enticing predicament: seduce Susanoo, god of the sea and storms, to her will, or let humanity pay for their crimes.
Status: Writing the first draft.
Untitled Japanese Speculative
Set in the first years of the Edo period, this novel will focus on the famous samurai Date Masamune’s firstborn daughter, Irohahime. These are my actual ancestors, so I am painstakingly researching to do their story justice.
Status: Early first draft
The Voice of a Pen
~Adult Picture Book for Writers~
Adult creatives need picture books too! THE VOICE OF A PEN is a whimsical tale showcasing the ups and downs of being a creative writer in a world of opinions. Meant as a colorful encouragement for creative souls, THE VOICE OF A PEN is an inspirational book similar to The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill and Be Wild, Be free by Amber Fossey.
Status: Manuscript is finished, illustrating artwork.
The Lost Friend of Darcy Furwilliam
~Children’s picture book~
Darcy Furwilliam is content in a lonely apartment meant for two, until his only friend, a stuffed dragon named Clementine, goes missing. Darcy fears Clementine has fallen out the window, but discovers Clementine has instead been captured by their archenemy Leonard the squirrel. Now Darcy must brave the scary outside world to rescue his only friend.
STATUS: Finished, but shelved for the time being.
The Judas Killer
~Adult Mystery Thriller~
A serial killer is on the loose, terrorizing an old Pennsylvania town, by targeting hypocrites with twisted secrets and stringing them up like Judas. An introverted pub singer, with a shield of fire-red hair, is in the killer’s sights when her only brother becomes the Judas killer’s seventh victim, and a filthy past threatens to destroy everything she thought was true. With the help of a zealous yet dashing detective, Loralie discovers her family, and those around her, are covering abuse, lies, and criminal acts.
Each victim describes the final moments before they take their last breaths. But if each victim deserved to die, is it still unacceptable to rid the world of their filth? Will Loralie find her hidden strength, or is she fated to become the very evil she is running from?
After several full manuscript requests from prospective agents, I have decided to shelf this novel to focus on my newer works.
The Judas Killer sequel:
Status: 3 chapters written and shelved until when/if I decide to de-shelve The Judas Killer.
A children’s picture book about a young girl who believes everyone is a better artist than her, until her teacher shows how she has more in common with the art masters than she realizes.
Status: Undecided if it’s ready for the world.