My AMM Novel ~ Griffins and Turtle Magic (Working Title)
YA High Fantasy
When the job that Coriander, a wetlander princess on the run, hiked mountains to reach is given to someone else, she must decide between making a long trek to yet another new town, or taking a local but terrifying job as a griffin-keeper.
But when another beloved person in her life attempts suicide, enlisting the help of the most intimidating alfa griffin may be her only chance to save her friend before she loses him, too.
Griffins and Turtle Magic (working title) is my sixth full-length manuscript and my first story that involves mythical creatures other than dragons.
It's also the darkest novel I've written so far. The idea of putting griffins and some kind of "turtle magic" in a story together sat in my mind for a couple years as an interesting dynamic to a story, but without a heart of its own. When a very dear friend of mine lost her young daughter to suicide last year, the theme of this story came to me. Along with a desire to comfort those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, I had a longing to prevent others fro choosing that path that I had not felt on such a raw level before.
Along with the help of Save the Cat Writes a Novel, I outlined, drafted, and revised this manuscript more quickly than any others to date. Perhaps I'm just getting better at the process. or perhaps someone out there needs this story and I've received a little divine assistance to complete it more quickly. I guess we will find out!