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Middle Grade and Young Adult Dark Fantasy Author of Seraphym Wars, a YA Dark Fantasy fiction series and Stardust Warriors a MG Fantasy Series. Married for 35 years to a wonderful Irishman, 4 awesome kids, living in a 110-year-old Victorian in the country. An idyllic life...

Background Information

For my entire childhood and schooling there was never a question of my becoming a teacher. My father was a teacher then principal and mom was a school secretary. So for 14 years I taught Middle Grades with a focus on English, especially writing. Meanwhile I raised my four kids, encouraging creativity.

As far back as I can remember I wrote stories, poems, songs and more. I had several items published in the college literary magazine and worked briefly writing articles for a newspaper. Somewhere along the way the idea of a series for Young Adults began to blossom in my head. Over the years I would begin writing then get distracted by raising my family or teaching.

Finally, once the kids were mostly grown and I was disenchanted with the constantly changing educational landscape, I retired to begin writing the book in earnest. After six months I had 225,000 words written. Then, after six revisions I ended up with two YA novels and six MG books. These were picked up by MuseItUp Publishing, a new Canadian publisher with huge dreams and an intelligent, fearless leader.

Currently, I have seven contracts with nearly a book a month releasing through mid-2012. I'm currently working on the next three MG book in the Stardust Warriors series, as well as a YA Dystopian novel, the third YA novel in the Seraphym Wars series, and a new Tween series.

Finally my husband said, "Quit teaching and write your book." So I did. And once I began writing the final version it was as though the story told itself. The characters came alive and new characters found their way into the book as did new situations and dangers. When I originally began writing it there were no illustrations, but as it was rolling around in my brain the illustrations pushed forth and kept coming. Now they are an integral part of the story.

Book 1 Odessa of the Seraphym Wars YA series

Book 1 Zarena of the Stardust Warriors MG series

Prophecy of the Seraphym Wars YA series

Jeremiah Holyfield of the Stardust Warriors MG series

Birth Place
Gainesville, FL USA

Odessa won Best Cover June-July 2011 Books In Sync

Additional Information

BOOK RELEASE INFO: Odessa, Seraphym Wars YA Series-available at Amazon Zarena, Stardust Warriors MG Series Prophecy, Seraphym Wars YA Series Jeremiah Holyfield, Stardust Warriors MG Series January 2012-Harpies, Seraphym Wars February 2012-Laman, Stardust Warriors April 2012-Mercy, Stardust Warriors June 2012-Magaelbash, Stardust Warriors

Favorite Links

Under the Hat of MG/YA Fantasy Author Rebecca Ryals Russell
Discover the worlds created by a Dark Fantasy author, who wears a yellow hat.

Teen Word Factory
For Teens who write and those who write for teens.

The hotspot that is Odessa-Mind the Signs and don't get burned.

Tween Word Quest
MG Series, excerpts & illustrations plus all MG and younger works in progress; interactive website

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