YA High Fantasy

I am very excited about this project, for this idea stitched itself to my heart from the very beginning.

It is very different from my other YA fantasy series, mainly because of their heroines.

Emily from the Emily Winters series is a strong-minded, stubborn, and extremely kickbutt young woman, whereas *** from this YA project is opinionated and powerful yet calm, patient, and innocent.

Take a closer look!

I am extremely, out of this world, happy to announce that my YA high fantasy novel is complete; edited; revised; beta-read; partner-critiqued; and polished.

It is ready to fly to the world, and I’m so proud for this book.

My MC from my YA realistic fantasy series, Emily, is a kick-butt heroine with a darker personality. Her tragic past drives her motivations. But the MC from my YA high fantasy novel is completely different. She is light and optimistic and innocent. She sees the good in people. She has hope.

We all love the strong-minded heroines and heroes with sass, wit, and power. We love the bad-good characters. Ha, I adore those. But I have come to realize that a different yet still powerful person is the one who rises above expectations and rises above themselves. To become a better person is one thing. To become great is another.

A very important theme of the book, and the series, is friendship. A true friend will stand by you whatever happens. They will tell you when you screw up. They will listen to you. But friendships are complicated. Messy. Personal. Intimate. What if your friend was never supposed to be your friend? What if you’re supposed to be their superior, and not their equal?

That becomes trickier for a person who doesn’t want to be superior, for a person who is humble and grounded and simply a very decent being.

The book is set in a fantastic Scandinavia, meaning the Scandinavia we know but different. With magic. And a different culture, structure, etc. In fact, I can say that I have taken real contemporary elements and I have twisted them, which may have become my next favorite thing to do.

It is a stand alone but it’s intended as a first in a series. I am currently plotting the second book and trying to picture this universe and the storylines as a whole. The series will probably be longer than a trilogy. There is too much story. At this point, I can say with certainty that you will learn everything that you don’t know from the first book in its sequel. Think of the series as the two seasons of Blindspot. During season one, you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, and on season two, Boom! But I suggest observe closely in book one, for the hints are there…

I won’t be revealing the title as of yet. But I assure you that it has one. As does the series.

I am very excited about this book. Of course, I’m also very nervous. But if I wasn’t, I would have a different kind of problem.

Thank you for reading and for your interest in me and my writing.

Fellow authors, don’t give up. Keep on writing. Fellow readers, never stop reading.

Love,

Athena