I Was a Teenage Martian (currently in progress)
Sixteen-year-old Morrow Jones was born on Mars, and she wants nothing more than to leave it. It's cold, it's dry, it's lifeless, and it'll kill you if you step outside without a spacesuit. When settlers plan the first return mission to Earth in years, Row jumps at the opportunity. In order to get on board, though, she’ll have to overcome the opposition of her mother, the formidable Kasmira Jones, as well as her own debilitating anxieties.
My newest novel is a young adult sci-fi/coming-of-age drama set on Mars, featuring a protagonist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I wrote a good chunk of it during NaNoWriMo 2020 and plan to finish a draft by early 2021.
The Twin Stars (Book 1 of the Coseema Trilogy)
Olive Joshi is an imaginative teenager consumed by her obsessive-compulsive fears and rituals. She checks and re-checks to make sure the stove burners are off, avoids driving for fear of causing an accident, and constantly worries about hurting the people she loves. Olive’s only refuge is her journal, where she writes about Coseema, a magical princess on a planet under conjoined suns. Coseema is fearless, confident, powerful, and perfect – everything Olive knows she’ll never be.
When she falls through a portal into her own unfinished story, Olive finds herself face to face with Coseema and on the verge of helping her defeat the evil Prince Burnash. But Olive’s self-doubts and perfectionism get the better of her, and she accidentally unleashes a force far more destructive than her antagonist – a force that not even Coseema can resist.
Grief-stricken and riddled with guilt, Olive flees into hiding along with her friends—a bold prophetess, a cursed young musician, and a renegade soldier. With Coseema gone and the planet in peril, Olive will have to face her deepest fears in order to save her friends and become the heroine of her own story.
My first novel, and the first of a planned trilogy. This novel is complete, and I'm planning to publish it with Titan 1 Studios. Look for it this spring!