I have been writing stories and poetry from the age of eight, under the tutelage of my mother, freelance writer JoAnn Unger. I have had poems published in anthologies and local newspapers. I am in the process of submitting some of my short stories for publication, and one YA novel. In the meantime, I'm working on a YA fantasy series set in my hometown in the Southern California desert.
I have been deeply influence since childhood by such authors as Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Ende, Anne McCaffery, Robin McKinley and Patricia McKillip. In more recent years I've found inspiration in Philip Pullman, Garth Nix, Meredith Ann Pierce, Jacqueline Carey, Libba Bray and Susanna Clarke.
Most of my stories are linked by the idea of the reality of the worlds of Dream, Faerie (Imagination), and Spirit. Many of the characters never meet each other, yet they are tied by their knowledge of the worlds beyond.
In Lana's story, tentatively titled Baroea, a family is torn apart by the loss of a son. Especially hurt is the boy's twin sister. She discovers a corner of the otherworld where dark and light creatures reside, the dead walk, and the stolen humans ready for war on their captors. As she seeks her brother, she finds her own strength and a family secret from fifty years before.