AUGUST 24, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
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.
Royals like Dora d’Arc manage the human herd; they don’t fall in love with rebels like Caellum Nichols that face execution for challenging imperial reign.
When Dora d’Arc moves to Transtopia to be close to the incarcerated Caellum, she doesn’t expect to be under the thumb of Imperial Governor Charles Scholtz, and certainly doesn’t want to marry his son, Rolf. But she does harbor the absurd hope that she can save Caellum’s life.
The Imperial Governor wrestles with worries about dangers that lurk in the Zone of Destruction, demands from his off-world reptilian handler, approaching famine, and the urgency to inject the restless population with docility-inducing nanites.
Dora holds a secret meeting with citizens and weds Rolf Scholtz. Meanwhile, Caellum escapes prison, a van loaded with vials of nanites appears at a local school to inject the children, and a stranger approaches from the ZD.
Through it all, Dora seeks counsel from Adair, descendent of ancient Druids and designer of the curious etched glass symbol, the Triskelion.