**Edited version below**
“If I can’t die, how am I human?”
For most of her life, this is the question eighteen-year-old has struggled with. All she ever wanted was a normal life with a normal family, but inheriting the family curse, made her dream near impossible. It’s not every girl who can say her father is the Roman Centurion cursed by Jesus to live for eternity.
Sent away by her father when she was days old, Noa grows up in a convent, hidden from society, until one day, her father is kidnapped and brutally beaten, throwing Noa into an international conspiracy, hunted by a terror group that threatens to bring down the Catholic Church her father has sworn to protect.
Torn between her duty and the love and connection she desperately craves, Noa struggles with defending the Church by her father’s side, unsure of her place in the world, until…Henry (a British Jason Bourne with a sense of humor).
But falling in love with Henry brings the insoluble dilemma of what she will do with her life into sharp focus. Will she do what her father has done for centuries or blaze her own path? But before she can know if she even has a choice in her fate, Noa must unwind centuries of corruption and lies and come face-to-face with an enemy she owes her life to.
This Own Voices story features a biracial character in an interracial relationship and will appeal to fans of The All Souls Trilogy and the Beautiful Creatures novels. It’s a Da Vinci Code meets Romeo and Juliet adventure featuring troubled families and twisted fates that takes the reader from the jungles of New Guinea to the catacombs of Paris. With its steamy passion, legendary curse, and a nerdy focus on history, The Hummingbird Project (92,000-word YA contemporary thriller), is just the type of genre-bending novel I think will have wide commercial appeal.
I am a reluctant lawyer, currently working as a designer, who moonlights as a writer. I recently completed the “Your Novel Year” creative writing program at ASU and was fortunate to have Bill Konigsberg, Barry Lyga, and Martha Brockenbrough as my editors/mentors.