The genesis of "Catch the Wind" begins more than 25 years ago, when I had an idea for a story about two would-be-heroes who tried to save the world but ended up completely over their heads. Like JRR Tolkien once said about Lord of the Rings, my story "grew in its telling" to become so much more.
It's a story about dreamers who make sacrifices to build a better life for themselves and those they love. It's a story about people who fall short of their ambitions and have to push forward anyway. It's a story about people who turn to evil and have to find their way back. It's a story about fighting against evil even when you are completely outmatched. It's a story about being honest with yourself, with your motivations. It's a story about memories and accepting the truth of who you were, the choices you made, and they pain you inflict. It's about choices, change, regret, forgiveness, and growth.
I hope the story of Damarion and Wren, of Andelyn and Jasper, of Seraph and Jaren, of Wit and Lucin, of Breeze and Serena, and of Elizabeth and Raya can become as meaningful for you as it has been for me, and as meaningful as it has been for the students I wrote it for.
This is Catch the Wind:
Cast out from city after city, a desperate group of refugees turn to the wilderness in the mountains to build their kingdom. Protected by a Knight and a Sorcerer, and allied with the magical Faerie, the Kingdom of Waverly begins to prosper. In time, even their most dangerous enemies are pushed back.
But deep in the forest, the enchantments of the Faerie begins to touch the Kingdom in ways nobody could have ever foreseen.
The magic of the forest descends on the shoulders of Elizabeth and Raya, two young girls of the Kingdom, and they soon realize that they have been entrusted with power beyond anyone's ability to control. As they struggle to understand their gift, the girls unwittingly push the realms of both Humans and Faerie into a cataclysm of wind, fire, and darkness ...