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!).
It's been nearly ten years since the disappearance of Amerry Quinn-Winnick's parents. She is a third-rate botanist who, with the help of a bored data miner, stumbles onto otherworldly instructions hidden in the genetic codes of plants. These instructions set her on a journey of exploration that leads Amerry deep into the basements of reality as she retraces her parents' actions and realizes that they didn't just disappear, they left to protect humanity from what's lurking in the dark--but how, and why, and where 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.
"Clay Creek" Project
Far in the future, a hollowed asteroid carries generations of humans as a seed colony in its belly. They've lived there for generations, and only the oldest lineages even remember their initial mission: to find a new home world. Much more relevant to the asteroids' inhabitants are their own lives, especially in the District, the political seat of power.
But when something goes badly wrong and a farming community alongside Clay Creek is destroyed by what appears to be an accidental explosion, people from the District and beyond start investigating--and find more than they expect: far from finding a new home, it turns out that the asteroid isn't even adrift in space any longer....
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.