I am a young adult sci-fi/fantasy author and children's book author and illustrator. I've been a middle school teacher for 8 years. When I'm not writing, I do yoga, eat gluten-free, and fangirl over Doctor Who.
I really wanted to tell Eve MalCouer's story. Why was she so cruel, but more importantly did she truly believe her deceptions and manipulations would save the very people she was meant to protect--the citizens of the Nation? I had to delve deep into Eve's subconscious and notice how both nature and nurture influenced her perspective of the world. I believe a villain is just a misunderstood protagonist, so here Eve is the shining star in her own spin-off novella.
The Girl Who Wasn't Loved: A Lucia Chronicles Novella
Then Eve watched as they cut into the beautiful cake. Her friends told jokes and they all laughed happily as they ate cake with vanilla ice cream. Rosalie and Peter sat shoulder to shoulder, sharing a piece of cake, and looking into each other’s eyes lovingly, but instead of being repulsed by her parents’ lovey-dovey behavior, young Eve radiated joy. The gnawing feeling in adult Eve’s stomach grew stronger. The sun began to set throwing deep golden shadows across the scene. She continued to watch as the party came to an end. This was the part that Eve hated the most.