Mattie's Compass

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A teen and her dad crash their schooner on an anomalous island hidden under an electromagnetic field while searching for her grandparents – who mysteriously disappeared – and find themselves in a hostile world, but are their special skills enough to stave off the perils that threaten their existence? More

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About C.S. Torres

Check out my three ebooks: Mattie's Compass, a Young Adult Novel that combines Sci-Fi as well as Adventure elements; Shortcomingz, an eclectic short story collection (misspelled on it one of my shortcomings); and The Vampire Murders, a Thriller set in my hometown of New Orleans. (What better setting for a wicked little Goth Nouveau tale?)

My foray into the world of screenwriting also includes nine feature screenplays (two of them are adapted from my books and two are co-authored) as well as numerous short scripts. Several of my feature screenplays are listed on for entertainment professionals seeking award winning scripts.

Like many writers, I take the road less traveled...some call that introversion. Maybe, if you really want to know more about me, you might find clues in my fiction, but (of course) fiction is not fact! I realize that's enigmatic...nonetheless, via my novels, screenplays, and short stories I hope to speak truth about the human condition - yours, mine, and even those other sometimes under-heard voices, speaking to our existential dilemmas.

Recently, I adapted my novel, Mattie's Compass, into a screenplay and I'm happy to report that it was a Semifinalist in its first contest, Atlanta Screenplay Awards, August 2019. Some of my other nine screenplays, eight of which placed as finalists in numerous competitions, can be accessed on Inktip. Currently, I am researching and entering into a frame of mind to write my next novel and screenplay. I've also been writing songs for tenor ukulele primarily, but some for baritone ukulele as well as guitar....During May and June of 2018, I had the unique experience of working as an extra on the set of Zero, a Bollywood Movie featuring SRH (Shah Rukh Khan) as well as other stars from India. And a decade or so ago, I had a 48-Hour Film experience as a writer, which to date, is my IMDB credit. Fact is, these experiences are valuable, but I am first and foremost a writer!

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Gregory Aweau reviewed on April 8, 2019

Mattie’s Compass fascinated me. I liked the unique plot, and the survival challenges the main characters had to overcome. The concepts of scientists creating hybrid creatures and manipulating the weather shows what a fine line there is between what is possible and what is Sci-Fi. I was both intrigued and saddened by the fate of the hybrid creatures and, especially the part human/part ape female, who was referred to as the scientists’ modern-day Frankenstein.
After all the struggles that the protagonists faced, it was nice to see a sense of justice when all the plotlines were neatly tied up in the end. If I were a middle grade or high school teacher, I’d recommend this for my students. Food for thought….
I read the writer’s profile and that she’s also writing the screenplay. What a fun movie this would make. I give Mattie’s Compass 5 Stars!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Edward Kodgis reviewed on April 2, 2019

Mattie’s Compass is a thought-provoking book. When Mattie and Kwan’s schooner gets battered by a storm and crashes, it’s clear that this island is not paradise. Then, the plot goes into high gear with Sci-Fi and Adventure elements and it doesn’t take long to realize that this father and daughter are living a nightmare in a dystopian world. Without giving away the plot, at first Mattie thinks they ran into an unexpected storm because they were trapped in the Bermuda Triangle, but she’s wrong. She and Kwan did not get caught up in the mythological Bermuda Triangle, but something more sinister, an anomalous, mutant island where one scientist tampers with the weather as well as places the island beneath an electromagnetic field that renders it invisible; and the other two scientists explore creepy genetic engineering (on plants, animals, and humans).

I think this would an interesting book for a middle grader/young adult to read because it raises topics for discussion that are relevant today (such as artificial intelligence and weather tampering) and it invites one to scratch below the surface and examine existential questions.

It’s also a fun book and I recommend it for adults as well.
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