Amanda Salisbury is author of The Founding of Josiah Turn. She is also the author-illustrator of Moon Mail and Star Kisses, to be published by Anaiah Press in April 2015.
Amanda lives with her husband and three boys in a lair, a classroom, or a castle, depending on the moment. Her roots extend from Oklahoma to Appalachia and beyond. She enjoys creating characters with voice and heart.
The element xyon has been well protected in Appalachia for centuries, but it has never been dormant. Being of unspeakable worth, xyon remains coveted by all who seek power. These are the chronicles of xyon survivors and protectors.
When an unnatural earthquake strikes Mount Xyon in 1888 Appalachia, seventeen-year-old Josiah Turn loses everyone he's ever known and gains supernatural powers. Rebuilding his life after every out-of-control incident, Josiah finds a new place to belong until betrayal sends him home again. He must channel his power to protect the mountain from military insurgence.