“Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.”

Tolkien, “On Fairy-Stories”

Fight or Flight

A middle grade fantasy novel about an anxious girl who must find her courage when she discovers a world that shouldn’t exist.

One year ago, Avery and her uncle mysteriously disappeared. Only Avery returned, but with no memory of what happened. When Avery sees her uncle, she follows him to a tree that leads her to another world—a world that, she learns, she has been to before.

In Harmony, a refuge created to protect endangered and mythical creatures, Avery feels braver than she’s ever been. But not everything is as safe as it seems, and Avery must learn that true bravery means fighting even when you want to run.

Progress: On Submission 

Son of Moss and Mountain

A YA fantasy novel set in lush swamp with mushroom magic.

Ona has given everything she is to her people’s spiritual guides, including her own son. So when rumors spread that these people might not be what they seem, Ona must try to reunite with her son and find the truth before it’s too late.

Progress: Waiting to revise

Photo Credits: Teodora Yordanova and wang yan on Unsplash

Anything is Possible

A modern exploration of the ideas in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening.

I read Kierkegaard’s work while I struggled with some of the deepest depression I have ever felt, not knowing that his words would spur a turning point in the sanctification of my imagination.

I wanted to share his message, but his words were often confusing and difficult to read. My goal is to write a book that speaks his message in a clear way that will reawaken the imagination of modern people struggling with despair.

Progress: Pre-planning

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Hatchet Meets Balto in a YA fantasy about a young man’s journey to find a magician that can save his village. 

When a magical famine threatens a small village, a boy wants to join his father’s team on a mission to seek help from an elusive magician. His father refuses, and the boy is forced to stay behind. But the team is taking too long. The boy must learn to trust his own instinct if he’s going to risk searching for them and face the harsh wilderness.

Progress: Outlining 

Mountain by Simon Fitall on Unsplash; Hands by Austin Ban on Unsplash; Boy on Mountain by David Billings on Unsplash