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Stick a Cannibal Fork in It!

Briars and Black Hellebore is done!


I've put the whole thing together from the unicorn poop to the Eater of Souls to the cannibals to the bee-stung lovers. (Sorry, no hermaphrodite giants in this one.) It's in the hands of a final round of beta readers so I can polish it up as shiny as possible before querying this winter.

I conceived this book when I was pregnant with my daughter, who is now in preschool. Through these early years of parenthood, I've done a lot of daydreaming, thinking, and reading musty old books while breast pumping or rocking a small person to sleep. And somehow in there, I managed to squeak in an hour here or there to get my imaginary kingdom of Vepres down on paper. Now the slow-cooked drama of blood, sweat, tears, and unicorn poop is having its final taste-test.

That's not as gross as it sounds. Unicorn poop is really tasty, haven't you heard?

Now for an important message. (I am in no way affiliated with the brilliant marketers of this produ…

Harry Potter Time

Raise your hand if you never get tired of reading your kid the same picture book for the billionth time. Yeah, I didn't think so.


I have no more patience for that nonsense than any other mom, so I'm very grateful to have a child who loves "scary" things, like favorite movie Spirited Away (since age three) and creepy tales told in the dark with a flashlight. This preference has broadened our bedtime story repertoire immensely.

The summer that Nux Gallica was three and a half, I decided to try reading her the first chapter of Harry Potter. Evil wizard serial killer? Child abuse? Giant on a flying motorcycle with candy in his pocket? Yes, I questioned this decision to myself. But whatever, it's literature. Best she encounters dark concepts in the safe realm of fantasy storytime with Mommy before she hears about them in the RL, right? I read something about how when children read about traumatic fictional events and characters overcoming them, it generates connection…