Abbie must negotiate the land of the Fae, the Otherworld, when she is unexpectedly transported there. Desperate to find her way back home, she and her dog quickly find allies to help her - but how much can she really trust these strangers? Back at home her changeling double is ingratiating itself to Abbie’s mother, while her father views the ’girl’ with suspicion. What secret is he hiding? He can, and will, do anything to get the real Abbie back - even make a deal with the mysterious Cat.
Abbie, an eight year old girl, wanders through the woods behind her Oregon home, a forest she’s explored many times over the last year, and discovers a quiet pool of water that she’s never seen before. It’s a hot summer day, so she wades out into it... only to discover she’s not alone. A boy is staring at her, a boy with wild hair and green clothes, and he is on the other side of the water. Mesmerized, Abbie reaches down into his reflection, and he grabs her hand and yanks her underwater.
When she emerges on the other side of the pool, she has become an unwelcome visitor in the Faerie kingdom, a world she scarcely understands, with only the boy Foster to guide her. And in her place, a strange changeling child has been created to live with her parents, one that looks and acts almost exactly like her. Almost.
In the courts of the Fae, a truce has long been in place between Winter and Summer. What havoc might a human child wreak in the careful machinations of beings older than time? To what lengths will Abbie’s parents go to get her back?
Is this a children’s book?
I am excited to be creating a book that might inflame the spark of imagination in each of us, no matter what our age might be on paper. Fae Child has a young protagonist, but it also follows her parents who have to deal with her magical copy, the changeling child. I am keeping in mind the eventual "rating" for my writing - I do intend for it to be for everyone, but I imagine that it will most likely end up classified as a YA novel, or maybe a PG movie.
Jane-Holly, an Oregon based writer, has been scribbling stories into notebooks and online for most of her life. She squeezes in time for homeschooling her three kids, date nights at the movies with her husband, and explaining her first name to everyone she meets. Jane-Holly believes that, if creativity is directly correlated to how messy your house is, she might just be one of the most creative people on the planet.
(DM me if you want to hear me explain my name!)