Ever since Vaeleren was little, she’s always wanted to be a hero and have books written about her just like her great-grandfather. She knows in her heart that she’s destined for greatness, especially since she’s been able to create illusions from a young age. The only problem is her father, Aldric, has always been content with his sedentary life and never lets Vaeleren venture too far from home…
Until a malicious stranger comes to town and her life is changed forever. Finding her father cursed by powerful magic, Vaeleren knows what she has to do: travel with her father in search of a cure while using her powers to mask his curse. She can finally be the hero she’s always wanted to be.
Vaeleren will soon learn, however, that things are not always what they seem and what she wants will come at a cost she might not be willing to pay.
Targeted Age Group:: YA readers age 12 to 14
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an avid reader myself and a former bookstore worker, I've spent countless hours reading Fantasy and YA Fantasy titles. I'd always wanted to be an author myself, so I took the leap and committed myself to finishing my first novel. I even went as far as taking a year abroad in New Zealand for inspiration.
On a more personal note, Vaeleren's story is very dear to me. When I was 22 years old I lost my father to suicide. Creating Vaeleren's journey allowed me to process some very heavy feelings. I may not have been able to save my father from his demons, but allowing Vaeleren the opportunity to try provided a much needed sense of catharsis.