In seventh grade, Mrs. Trader inspired me both as a writer and a teacher. In her class, I learned I loved to write and that my classmates liked to hear my stories. Her spirited students engaged in dramatic performances, hands-on projects, and lively discussions—nothing like the poor subdued souls across the hall, managed by the teacher with long green eyes. So Mrs. Trader was my model when I started a school and set aside my writing—that is, until it dawned on me that tribes of children have loved learning by listening to stories for thousands of years. So I wrote about a million words that speak to head and heart, which I am still reading to my child listeners. But now I’m writing stories, my second million words, to speak to the heads and hearts of adult readers and listeners, and hoping my classmates will like them.
Watch for The Timeline, Book 5 of the “New Earth Chronicles,” to release on 3 October 2022.
Past the stargate, Captain Jack Merrick welcomes the sight of beautiful Gaia Earth, but the starship Stella Lumina cruises a gray, bleak world that is anything but welcoming.
When Jack conferred with Moira and Zeb, recently rescued from a Dark Planet, he didn’t expect to be returning them to a wall-enclosed cell of forced labor. In this timeline, cells like the one he gazes upon near Washington D.C. are all over the planet. Citizens filled with nanobots walk the streets like robots, while some madman claiming to be the aspiring god of Earth relentlessly rains down poisons lethal to living systems.
Moira and Zeb reveal to Jack that their kidnapped children are among the trafficked children held in tunnels beneath the streets of Washington, and he knows Stella Lumina and her crew must remain in this dismal timeline to help rescue them.