I'm a creative writer with an MFA from the University of Arizona (2014). For the last several years, I've focused on these longer projects. If a project is listed here, then I've completed at least one full draft (and sometimes many more!). I'm actively seeking representation for these and other works.
Amerry Quinn-Winnick is a third-rate botanist estranged from her adult siblings since the unsolved disappearance, nearly ten years before, of their parents. She, with the help of a bored data miner, stumble onto otherworldly instructions hidden in the genetic codes of plants. These instructions set her and her siblings on a journey of exploration that leads Amerry beyond Earth as she retraces her parents' actions and realizes that they didn't just disappear, they left--but how, and why, and how far beyond Earth are they now?
This novel was my MFA thesis project. I worked on early drafts closely with my advisor, Chris Cokinos, the former head of the MFA program, as well as with poet Farid Matuk and with Kim Stanley Robinson, the Nebula- and Hugo-winning author of books like Red Mars and 2312.
This young adult fantasy novel follows two girls, Lorelei and Amelia, as they move from their world of magic to our unfamiliar world. They're searching for a boy named Mackey, and to find him, they're going to need to become average high school students. Along the way, they'll learn that our world isn't so ignorant of magic as they'd been told, and that the world they'd left may not have been the utopia they believed it to be.
I wrote this novel originally as an antidote to a YA market oversaturated with dystopias. "Dystopia" isn't a bad word, and while this project walks beside many of that genre's conventions, it considers the disasters that young folks are asked to consumed and focuses upon how we come to terms with loss and how we deal with that which persists through loss. It thoughtfully considers the disasters and dystopias young people are exposed to, but it focuses more upon how we come to terms with loss and how we deal with that which persists through loss.
On a pastoral desert world in the far future, Sundin is the oldest daughter of her farming family, away on her own for the first time. She intends to study the scorned Home, a discipline similar to our biology. The few folks still around think Home's a waste of time since animals and plants are only good for their use. But Sun doesn't just want to study Home, she wants to transform it--to understand how the organisms on her world are related to one another and the places that they live. That won't be easy to do, however, as she contends with revolutionaries, family histories, and the reason her planet was settled in the first place--but she's determined to persist, and to share her knowledge with the world.
In this novel, I wanted to investigate the birth of a science in a wholly different context. Sundin is a curious, gregarious character, but the book explores the complex social factors that exist for disciplines to evolve and persist. The novel pulls strongly on some classic pastoral-natural-ecological novels like Brian Aldiss's Hothouse and Thomas Disch's The Genocides, marrying those traditions with the images of the techno-pastoral from more recent works from mixed media, like the recent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
"Home" Project Bestiary
In the tradition of Dougal Dixon's imaginary bestiaries (After Man and The New Dinosaurs, among others), this project is a collaborative work that will combine the imaginary ecologies of Sundin's world with stories of natural history and beautiful watercolor illustrations. Kendra Mullison, who is responsible for the images on my site, will be providing the illustrations as we envision a biosphere that might not be so alien after all.