Sometimes I doodle while listening to my story's playlist to draw out themes and make connections.

Sometimes I doodle while listening to my story's playlist to draw out themes and make connections.

The House on Hawthorn

     Three years ago, SKYE's sister ASHTON went ghosting at the overgrown house on Hawthorn, the resident fired shots, and the bullet remains in Ashton's head to this day.  Now Skye is clutching an acceptance letter from NYU, but her parents expect her to stay home and go to State with Ashton.  Though her sister has no memory of the incident, Skye is both suspicious Ashton bears responsibility for the shooting and frustrated by the obligation to look after her brain-injured sister.  When the gunman commits suicide in prison and the question of Ashton's guilt resurfaces, Skye challenges Ashton to help her investigate what really happened That Night.
     Their probe uproots memories of the sisters' relationship before bullets.  Skye still both resents Ashton the charismatic cheerleader who deserted her after their parents' divorce and desperately wants her affection.  Dogged by years of silence, Skye begins adding to the memory book Ashton uses to cope with her brain injury, and Ashton begins writing back.  As they react to their research findings, the sisters' memories fly back and forth --weapons, dares, and olive branches --with the power to heal the sisters or end them forever.


A Glimpse into My Process


Setting Research

…I finished it. You see I think that is the mark of someone who really wants to write.
— J. K. Rowling