Once upon a time, high in the northern mountains, there lived a great astronomer and his daughter. Though Minka was clever and loved the stars as much as her father, no one believed she would ever become an astronomer—for this was not a path meant for little girls.
But on her twelfth birthday, the North Wind blows at Minka’s window, beckoning her to leave safety and warmth of her bedroom. With her father's telescope and journals strapped to her back, Minka embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, under the starry night sky.
Kate Hall is a speculative fiction writer and graduate of the 2013 Odyssey Writing Workshop. Growing up, she moved around between the American Midwest, Newfoundland, and Amsterdam, and took comfort in knowing that no matter where she was, she lived under the same amazing sky. She now lives in Minneapolis with her husband, a horde of pets, cupboards full of tea, and a great many books (because there is no such thing as too many books. Or too much tea). Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine's "Women Destroy Fantasy!", Crossed Genres and Inscription.