Kerry has been a writer since before she could read. Her father used to copy down the stories she dictated, most of which involved Princesses who got bored with their Princes, and ran off with the Dragon instead. To this day, she likes surprising her readers. And she still likes dragons! She's fascinated with the "other"--ghosts, psychic powers, mythical/mythological beings--and with human relationships and interactions. She loves history, and how it connects with and influences our present and our futures, and she also loves a good mystery. And science! But most of all, she loves stories--hers or someone else's, telling them, listening to them, reading them. Which is why she's thrilled to be here, writing them for you to (hopefully) enjoy!She has a degree in Comparative Literature (French and Middle English--think Rabelais, Flaubert, and Gide, side by side with Chaucer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and the Welsh Triads) from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master's in Teaching English and Mathematics from the University of Portland. She lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two "kids" in their mid-to-late teens, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.