As a first time novelist in November 2015, I had no idea how much time and commitment I would need during the next two and a half years to finish The War Blog. Which was probably a good thing. On a whim I sat down at my computer and decided I would write a book during National Novel Writing Month. As foolish as that sounds to me now, I will be forever grateful to NaNoWriMo for the impetus to get started. For the next few weeks, Crystal Rose’s voice played in my head: her pain, her spunk, her insecurities, and her wit. Amazingly, I did not finish at the end of that month. However, my second novel went much faster. I started in May 2018 and finished a first draft by the end of August. My publisher offered me a contract in November.
The War Blog
Crystal Rose, a 17-year-old high school junior, and her younger brother were abandoned by their drug-addicted mother fifteen years ago in an Alaskan Native village, an event which Crystal resented for years. However, when she learns that her mother was raped in high school, Crystal declares war against a society which reduces girls to their looks, forcing them to feel worthless without the approval of guys.
While living in a small Alaskan town, she starts The War Blog website, along with her best friend and crush Kato—a brilliant Native boy—attacking everything promoting female objectification and offering ways to fight back, all supplemented by her original songs. Crystal rises from nothing in the wilds of Alaska to become a champion for change, risking her life against men who would force her to keep silent. She faces her parents’ abusive past and fights for a better world.
No Fences in Alaska
Their worlds are about to come crashing down…
At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is spinning out of control. She threatens her parents with suicide unless she can meet her drug-dealing boyfriend, a college student who doesn’t know she’s pregnant.
Cooper Lyons, her estranged grandfather, lives in rural Alaska with only his dog and cat for company. He has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and he doesn’t plan on letting the disease run its course.
Harper needs to escape her parents and decide what to do about the baby. She and her grandpa are worlds apart, but they may be exactly what the other needs.
When Harper calls her grandfather, he welcomes the opportunity to help her and redeem his previous failure with his daughter Heather, who died from a drug overdose years ago.
Can they save each other?