So many people have asked me what my novel is about that I thought I’d tell about it here. I’d love to know what you think. I am currently searching for an agent.
The Baykidi Stones (pronounced By-kee-DEE)
For ages 11-14
Ethnic tensions are smoldering in the Pacific island of Jalahar, where pockets of combatants challenge the government. Fourteen-year-old Velu, who is of the privileged ruling class, unwittingly interrupts a killing by insurgents, and finds himself on their hit list. He flees from his city, aided by people he barely knows. In his zeal to foil his pursuers, he mistakenly betrays innocent people to authorities. Soon he learns the people he denounced are part of an underground group working to unite the country’s two ethnic groups and to bring change using the “strengths of the heart,” rather than war. Can their methods really gain the release of those imprisoned due to his mistake, and can Velu help an unarmed crowd avert a bloodbath in a stand-off with government soldiers?
I am a writer of children’s and young adult fiction. I recently completed my first novel, The Baykidi Stones.
Outside of writing I enjoy reading, learning languages, hiking, bicycling, crocheting, and giving composting workshops.
My vision is a world made of peaceful and sustainable communities, and my goal is to allow that vision to ground and inspire my writing.
I live in New Jersey with my husband and two daughters.