Thank you for inviting me to post to your site. I am always honored when my fellow artists allow me to post on their sites. I am the author of two novels: Echoes of Savanna and Raven’s Song.
The concept for these novels started in a High School Creative writing class. I was teaching my students how to write short stories and we were all writing together. I happened to find an article on the Internet about the use of Animal DNA and stem cells to repair human genes. This concept fascinated me and I started to develop a character based on this idea. The story started to build from there and I spent the next three years researching ideas. In the end, one character developed into a five novel series I call “The Generation Novels”. Each novel covers twenty years of one person’s life. In other words: one generation.
There is more to the novels than what appears on the surface, though. These novels are pure works of fiction, but the characters and the stories are based on research. The characters are as real to me as the people I love and work with every day. I also know the characters speak to the people who read the stories. Sometimes one character will speak to a reader stronger than others and the reader will want to know more about the character. Well, that is where the reader comes in to play.
I intend to write five original novels, each of these novels will introduce five separate characters. Those characters are mine to write about. There will also be other characters I will want to write about, or have plans for working with in other novels. These are characters I consider sacred. However, I will also introduce other characters whose stories may strike the reader’s imagination. I want to invite the readers to write those characters’ stories. There are a few rules they need to follow, but if they follow the rules, join the on-line writing workshops, and treat each other with respect, they might have the opportunity to join me as a creator of the Haven Universe.
I also have another portion of my website that may be of interest to all the poets and writers out there. I have created an on-line writer’s forum. This is a place for writers of all ages and skill levels to post their writing and receive feedback from their peers. I’m inviting authors of all skill levels to submit their original, unpublished work as part of a writing workshop community. This is a call out for writers to submit poems, short stories and excerpts from novels to the Story Time section of my website. Once the manuscript has been reviewed the writer will receive a response from our publication team. All submitted work must be appropriate for all audiences. Work will not be edited for content or grammar and will be posted as is. The reason I am doing this is because I want to create a learning workshop. The work will be critiqued and the writer will receive feedback from other writers and readers of literature. This will give the writer the opportunity to reflect and improve upon the work. My hope is to develop a community of writers who support each other and help us all improve our writing.
Thank you again for inviting me to post on your blog. I am looking forward to seeing the talent of the amazing writers we have out there in the community.
About the author:
I grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Eastern Oregon. My mother taught me to read when I was four years old and since that time books have been my constant companions. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching, a Master’s in Educational Leadership and am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. I support my writing habit by teaching High School and College. I currently live in Boise, Idaho with my husband, stepson and our dog and cat.
Synopsis: The next generation has come into its own. Raven, Savanna’s impulsive, impetuous daughter has begun her own epic journey.
Raven was born in a time of turmoil and war. She decides her calling in life is to be a soldier. Sacrificing the shelter and security of Haven, Raven puts herself at risk to save others. She finds herself in perilous situations and thrust into the role of leadership despite her own misgivings. The Siren’s Song of Haven is continuously singing to her. She could be safe, protected, sheltered and warm if she returned to Haven and its stone walls. But, is it her destiny to live in the walls of Haven, or is there another destiny in store for this child of Haven?
Synopsis: Every generation has its defining moments, events that change history and turn the course of lives. Forever will the children of that generation be defined by those moments.
Savanna Taylor is a medical doctor in 2036, the same year terrorists release a series of plagues and viruses into the world. She is a nineteen year old Brain Trust whose task it is to find a cure for the diseases and develop vaccines to prevent their further spread. The world is thrown in turmoil and Savanna needs to find a way to survive with her sanity and family intact. She needs to find a safe Haven for herself and for those she loves.
Can Savanna cope in a world in constant flux brought on by war and disease? Can she save the world and protect her loved ones or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? How will she be defined?
Echoes of Savanna is Book One of the Parent Generation: A Haven Novel