Two souls chase each other through time and space in a love story that spans entire continents and eras. A Greek god falls in love with a mortal youth; a born-again preacher falls under the spell of a brilliant yet icy scientist; a young tribal leader risks everything for the sake of a wild nomadic shaman. These stories intertwine with many others to form a complex tapestry that explores the intersection of faith and love, and the very human fear of making leaps in both.
My first novel is called Cloudland, and Other Stories. However, apparently some enterprising soul (damn you, Joseph Olshan!) already has a book published under the title Cloudland, so I have a feeling that might not stick. I worked with an editor to create an actual, readable, submit-able draft for future publication somewhere, sometime, somehow, and am in the process of querying agents. Stay tuned.
Here's what Cloudland is about:
Six-year-old Jake knows his mom isn't dead. After her car tumbled off a bridge during a freak autumn storm, his father said she was gone, but there’s no body. So when a mysterious, arrogant Voice magically appears in Jake’s head, and tells him It’s there to help him, Jake knows it’s up to him to find his mother and bring her home.Jake knows where his mom has gone. She’s in Cloudland, in the stories she tells him about before bed. He just isn’t sure how to get there. It’s only when he meets Sara that he and the Voice understand how he’s going to get to the Stories: Sara is going to help them.Sara, however, has enough problems of her own. Her first job as a school social worker is interrupted by her father’s sudden death. She can barely manage to get to work, much less help a grieving child with a heartbreaking story that’s far too similar to her own. But everything in Sara’s life is pushing her towards Jake, and when she finally agrees to work with him, the session is beyond anything she could have expected. The Voice transports them both into the sky, to a strange, wild land made of clouds and stories. Together, Jake and Sara undertake a heart-wrenching and ultimately healing quest to find their lost parents.