Starchild – The Age of Akra
When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength.
Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual.
The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.
My first YA manuscript, Stardust, was long-listed in 2010 for the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program for Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers.
My first piece of adult SF/Horror flash fiction, called Red Moon, was published on the American website, www.deathheadgrin.com. And I am truly grateful to Larry Green, editor of Death Head Grin, for giving me my first real spot in the world of writing.
After the Rain was published in June 2011, also with Death Head Grin. Each part was published over five months:
Workshops offer great opportunities to grow. Last year I attended several writing workshops. Each one offered something a little different, however, both provided the opportunity to explore various writing techniques. Three short pieces of writing found on this website under http://www.vacentaylor.com/writing/short-stories-and-flash-fiction/ The IVF Lodge, Life Swap and A Christmas Mashup are little pieces of flash fiction created from a workshop writing scenario. Each of us had ten to twenty minutes (depending on the workshop) to write a story on a particular scenario. The first being: A couple going to an IVF clinic to look at a list of probable candidates. In this workshop I did try to write a ‘normal’ everyday scenario, which was disastrous! I do normal so badly. But later that day The IVF Lodge was the piece I created. I have to admit blending a ‘normal human’ with ‘vampires and mutants’ seemed more me. Remember they are written in ten minutes with the option to explore both setting and characters. It’s a great little exercise for any writer looking to improve their writing skills. It can be done as a daily exercise, and it only takes ten minutes!
My first e-book Starchild, The Age of Akra, Book One is soon to be released.
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I’m currently writing several novels both for children and adults.