I have completed my second novel, The Moon Turned to Blood.
In 1349 the first bubonic plague struck Norway, coming by ship from England. The mass death and cultural upheaval that followed reached deeply into the soul of the Norwegian kingdom. Just after the ship arrives in Norway, Astra, a 15-year old maiden, and Kjell a hunter who is an outlaw for murder, meet briefly in the small village of Sjodrun. Kjell only wants to sell his furs and move on. Astra's dream of marrying the manor lord's son, however, are dashed when the King Magnus unexpectedly visits the village and demands she sleep with him. Both Kjell and Astra return home, only to find the black plague has followed them. Astra's family is devastated, leaving her alone and pregnant. Having lost his wife and child to the plague, Kjell's grief drives him north on a lonely trail toward redemption. What events finally reach through the darkness to give them each hope?
I am currently seeking a publisher for The Moon Turned to Blood. The most challenging parts of writing a book set in the 1300's are the extensive amounts of research required and the fact that many sources are written in Norwegian, which I do not speak. But I have found wonderfully helpful Norwegian speakers and historians who have pointed me in the right direction. Please watch for my new novel soon!
The Away Place My first book, published in 2009, tells the story of John, an institutionalized adult with Down Syndrome who thrived by using his creativity and imagination to escape the bleakness of his cloistered world. When John is suddenly thrust into a community group home he faces the greatest challenges of his life. Sarah is a doctoral student whose crusade to rescue disabled adults from the monolithic asylum is motivated by her mother's startling deathbed confession. Starting the group home with John and four others, Sarah is confronted by the extreme demands of 24-hour care for five severely disabled men. Together she and John weather the deepest struggles and greatest joys of life in what John calls the world outside, “The Away Place."