I’ve lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area though I wasn’t born there (or, indeed, the USA). I’m married with no kids and three cats, am a cycling nut, and my day job involves artwork, crazy (read: incomprehensibly fun) coworkers who specialize in all kinds of media, and the occasional strange customer requests involving papier mache fish with sparkly scales.
I’m a writer of young adult fiction, specializing in contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, and historical genres. My books range from a superhero fantasy series to reworked folktales to Victorian ghost fiction. My themes are coming-of-age, with very little focus on romance (most of the time) and more on individual growth with some adventure thrown in.
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The Twilight Gods
Set in London during the Great Exhibition of 1851, “The Twilight Gods” is a retelling of Native American folktale called “The Girl Who Married a Ghost.” It’s an alternative perspective on a gay teen’s coming-out process, with fifteen-year-old Norris Woodhead’s journey of self-discovery couched in magical and supernatural terms and imagery.
Henning Book 2: Prince of Wintergrave
As Henning and his companions scramble for answers, it’s a mad race against time when things happen that make them suspect Varian of crossing over to their world, searching for Henning.
Henning Book 1: The Hunted Prince
Henning Babkis has learned not to consider himself to be anything special. On his fifteenth birthday, an unexpected and terrifying attack by a creature from another world shakes up his quiet life, and Henning’s true identity is revealed. From a boy who’s grown up to think himself as a nobody, Henning discovers a previous life in a world called Wintergrave -- a world of magic, romance, and danger.
Masks: Ordinary Champions
Book 3 of the Masks series follows Eric’s adventures as a newly-transformed supervillain sidekick. Eric struggles with his conscience and schemes to turn the tables on the Trill, but his powers deteriorate, growing more and more unstable. He realizes that he doesn’t have much time left to set things right on his own, even if it costs him his life.
The Glass Minstrel
It is the Christmas season in mid-19th Century Bavaria. The tragic deaths of two boys will bring together three lives -- two grieving fathers and a boy struggling with his nature -- in a complicated tapestry of love, forgiveness, and second chances. Lyrical prose and rich period detail quietly weave a moving tale of redemption, hope, and haunting, but timeless, themes.
While his friends continue to develop their newfound powers, Eric begins to feel the effects of being the odd man out, and work-related stress creeps into Eric’s relationship with Peter. To make matters worse, there are the strange headaches, sleepwalking, and nightmares that haunt Eric, as well as the Devil’s Trill’s call for him to take his place as a supervillain sidekick.
It isn’t business as usual for Maelwine when a new family moves into Grave’s End House. Maelwine’s forced to face difficult answers to unsettling questions about the nature of his existence. As a house shade, he doesn’t have a heart, doesn’t feel loneliness in the shadows of his world, until Royden Villar enters his life.
The moment Emil Gogean sets foot in Wollstone Academy’s fairy tale-like campus, he realizes his freshman year in high school will be an unusual one. Strange things begin to happen to Emil, and he learns Wollstone is more than just a school, that the answers to a 300-year-old mystery surrounding a tragic romance lies in the ruined stones of a small chapel and in Nature itself.
A woman in white appears to seventeen-year-old Nathaniel Wakeman when he’s at his weakest. As the boy struggles with his own nature and with his family’s increasing difficulties, he becomes more and more convinced that his persistent ghost is a harbinger of doom.
An unnatural romance stirs the fires that rage through a corrupt and decadent court. Separated during a bloody uprising, the young lovers become ensnared in adventures designed to twist their characters and destroy their minds, and they fight for their souls in the face of dark magic.
Icarus in Flight
Meeting new schoolmate Daniel Courtney is a much-needed distraction for James Ellsworth, one that proves more engrossing as the boys grow older. James and Daniel discover that life is not what they thought it would be when they were schoolboys together, and that, even as they try to make their own way, they always come back to one another.
Masks: Rise of Heroes
Strange things are happening in Vintage City, and sixteen-year-old Eric seems to be right in the middle of them. There’s a new villain in town, one with super powers, and he’s wreaking havoc everywhere and on Eric’s life. The new superhero who springs up to defend Vintage City is almost as bad, making Eric all hot and bothered, enough so that he almost misses the love that’s right under his nose.
The Weeping Willow
A boy is cursed and turned into a weeping willow, and his salvation lies in an orphaned and homeless boy. Something deep and enduring will shape the curious friendship between them, one that will break a curse, end a dark cycle, and bring two lonely boys together.
Benedict is a boy from a privileged household in the land of marionettes. When his best friend acts oddly and then birds insist that Benedict go to the king’s palace to find the lost prince, he realizes that the answer to the mystery could be more personal than he’d first believed.
After receiving an ominous, guilt-tripping phone call from his evangelical grandparents, fifteen-year-old Noah Hipwell is whisked away for a weekend getaway by his mother, only to be transported to a bizarre alternate universe meant for sinners and condemned souls.
Gold in the Clouds
It’s time for 15-year-old Blythe Midwinter to take up work he detests and is ashamed of, but his best friend’s foolish decision to exchange his beloved cow for a handful of magic beans forces Blythe to look past castles in the clouds and understand what it is that truly measures a man’s worth.
Rose and Spindle
Boy meets boy. Boy hates boy. Each swears never to have anything to do with the other, forever after. Unfortunately for Prince Hamlin and Prince Edouard, history has a way of repeating itself. The two not only outgrow prejudices, but also find the courage and the will to define their destinies.
The Nightingale of St. Barthelemy
During a harsh winter, a lesson about sacrifice and selflessness will come in the guise of a strange gentleman in black, and fifteen-year-old Yolanthe will have to depend on what little knowledge of the world she has to bargain for borrowed time as her sister lies dangerously ill.
Dr. Morbid's Castle of Blood
Eric tries to come up with a creative gift he can give Peter and enlists the heroes’ help in experimenting with a video game, which turns out to be sabotaged by an old enemy. Eric and the heroes suddenly are trapped in a horror game, forced to advance against the clock or be stuck in it forever.
Hugh LaCaille’s quiet life is interrupted by a businessman who hires Hugh as a tutor to his son. When Hugh meets Aubin, he realizes that there’s a great deal more to the boy, the most curious thing being Aubin’s stories involving a kingdom found at the bottom of a pond filled with water-irises.
Remy Pepin is orphaned, poor, and bullied by his employer. His only source of hope is a superstition about a lit candle sitting by a window, which is said to attract luck. Day after day, Remy lights his candle and waits. One snowy evening, a boy appears at his doorstep, seeking shelter.
Five-year-old Simon, along with his parents and older sister Amy, go to a carnival one day. When a sudden deluge separates the family and leaves Simon alone and frightened, the child undergoes a journey of maturation as he searches for his parents and sister.
Baltasar grows up in a world of absolutes, of black and white, right and wrong. In the countryside he stumbles across an enchanted land and its melancholy, ageless ruler -- a land full of color and magic, and a bond that defies everything he’s always known.
Book 5 in the MASKS series.
The calm in Vintage City doesn’t last. A number of people begin to show symptoms of extreme fatigue. Eric monitors online messages posted by a girl who’s wildly in love with Calais. Hints about “new friends” alert him to suspect that she and the current crime wave are tied together.
A dragon plagues a tiny kingdom ruled by a weak king and is pacified only through a monthly sacrifice of the kingdom’s young people. When Prince Caedmon’s lover falls victim to the dragon, an act of betrayal is discovered. The prince recklessly offers himself as sacrifice to balance the scales, but a knight appears and thwarts his plans.
The Winter Garden
Nicholas’ fragile health forces him into a life of isolation in his family’s spacious and paradisial garden. His life changes when a bold young stranger not only befriends him but also dares to trespass into his quiet world. The boys’ friendship deepens, their connection strengthening in defiance of dangers posed by the winter on Nicholas’ health.
A strange force is at work in a magnificent house filled with revelers. When midnight strikes to mark Christmas Day, guests find themselves in the wrong company. The answer to the riddle, however, is simpler than they think.
Out of the Depths
It has been a year since Konstancji’s lover passed away, but rather than move on with his life, Konstancji works obsessively on a statue, which is the means through which he hopes to bring his beloved back from the dead. “Out of the Depths” is a gothic retelling of the “Pygmallion” myth.
The Haunted Glade
Rumors of mysterious music coming from the wood prompt a small group of adventurous young people from a tiny village to solve the puzzle of the haunted glade, not knowing that the music is meant only for one boy. Realizing this, the village potter tries to discover who is now marked by legend in hopes of helping him come to terms with his destiny.
Sixteen-year-old Nicola Gregori is orphaned and taken in by a friendly and enigmatic magician. Isolated from the world and living in an island filled with empty mansions and tragic secrets, Nicola finds himself the unwilling hero of a dark romance shaped by the mistakes of a past unrequited love.
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