Writing and Works

I am represented by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. My first series, The Nyxia Triad, is published by Crown BFYR, a subsidiary of Random House Children’s Books.

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Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed are both available now!

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why Babel recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family, forever. As he and nine other teenagers wormhole their way through space, Emmett discovers the promised millions aren’t a guarantee. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to Eden. There, Babel will use them to mine a substance that’s quietly become the most valuable in the world. Emmett’s year-long flight will act as a competition. Every training session is measured, every point matters, and Emmett will do anything to win. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about their true intentions for the kids that don’t win their competition. As Emmett uncovers the truth, he realizes he’s not fighting for wealth or glory, he’s fighting for his life.

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Note: If you ever need personalized versions of my book as gifts, the best way to acquire one is by ordering through Quail Ridge Books. If you leave a note to them in their Order Comment Box, I’ll be sure to take care of all those orders.

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Middle Grade Works:

Recently, I announced the first in a new middle grade series. This book will also be published by Crown BFYR, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Here’s the deal announcement describing that book:

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8 thoughts on “Writing and Works

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  2. I just finished reading Nyxia. Loved it! Looked immediately online for the next book, and was so sad to not find it. I am anxiously awaiting book two.

  3. Is it terrible that, while I loved Nyxia (just finished it, be sure to click on the review site to see for yourself when the review gets posted), I do have one question:

    Why a triad? Don’t get me wrong, the book clearly left off with a cliff hanger. But, I could definitely see this book as a stand alone. Or, at least, being able to stand by itself. That is one of the few things I didn’t like, actually. Once I got through the book halfway and saw that we were still on the ship and probably not going to leave the ship until the very end, I was pretty happy to find out how they got there. How they changed.

    • Hey! Totally understandable question! I think I’ve always seen it as a multiple part series. I did take some satisfaction in feeling like the story ends with a defined “ending.” Emmett’s story aboard the ship concludes. And we move onto the next story: life on a new planet. So I think having it be a trilogy, or a triad, makes sense. The honest answer, too, is that my publisher was willing to buy three books! So if they’re going to pay me, I might as well try and write three books. Now that I’ve finished the first draft of book three, I’m very glad we chose to go in this direction. These characters were worthy of three books!

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