THE ART OF ESCAPING
My solo debut, a contemporary YA novel chronicling the misadventures of a teenage escape artist, will be released by Amberjack Publishing on June 19, 2018.
I stripped down to my bathing suit and gripped the ladder to the top of the tank with my shaky fingers. A little voice hissed through my mind. You can’t do this. You’re out of your damn mind. Stop. Go back to your quiet little life. I swallowed the voice and started the climb.
Seventeen-year-old Mattie hides her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone she knows, even her best friend. Then her best friend takes off for summer boarding school and all of Mattie’s anxieties bubble to the surface, leaving her feeling adrift. To distract herself, she seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist whose life and career were snuffed out by a tragic plane crash.
With Miyu’s help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. Away from the curious eyes of her peers, she thrives in her new world of lock picking, straitjackets, and aquarium escapes. But when Will, a popular varsity athlete, discovers her act at an underground venue, she fears that her double life will be exposed. Instead of outing her, Will tells Mattie something he’s never told anyone before. But not all secrets can remain secrets forever.
Told through multiple perspectives, this funny and fresh debut explores the power of stage personas and secret spaces, and speaks to the uncanny ways in which friendship transforms us.
In 2008, while perusing the YA shelves at Borders (R.I.P.), my dear friend Troy H. Gardner turned to me and said, “We could do this.” I naively and arrogantly agreed with him and the MAD WORLD series was born. Part contemporary YA and part urban fantasy, the series follows two kids who meet at an institution for troubled teens and, together, discover the world is super strange and more complex than they ever thought possible. You know, just regular growin’ up stuff…
The first three books in the series (WAKEFIELD, TUNNELVILLE, and PERFECTION) served as a crash course in learning how to write and have been published as ebooks by MuseItUp Publishing. We are currently working on book four, along with a self-published re-release of the first three. Stay tuned.