The Unintended Changeling
Completed 80,000 word manuscript, Literary Fiction
Grace is a young woman who feels inept and unable to assert herself among her large extended family. To distract herself, she spends most of her time partying in Dublin. When Grace wakes up hungover on a sheep farm in Donegal, she doesn’t know how she got there, and she’s shocked to realize that she has lost the ability to use language. She is uncertain whether she has been cursed by the Tuatha Dé Danann (Irish fairy folk), or whether her situation has psychological roots. Regardless, she fears returning home without being able to speak or write, since her family would be able to assert even more control over her.
At first Grace dislikes Jamie, the young, unkempt farmer, who represents the poverty of her own upbringing. But as Grace and Jamie learn to communicate with sign language, Grace finds herself freed from the roles that have always dictated her life. However in order to regain her voice, she must find the courage to confront both metaphysical forces and psychological barriers or continue her life in silence.
The Unintended Changeling explores the objectification of leading female characters in fairy tales by taking a traditional Irish fairy tale and reworking it so that the female protagonist must ultimately fight against her own objectification in order to resolve her situation.
The plot is woven into the seasons so that time and place form one of the primary forces in the story, ultimately dictating Grace’s actions and emotions. Elements of magical realism are used to provide pivotal points of action and add to the dream-like quality of Grace’s situation.
Sunday Night Dinner
In progress manuscript
When Ann took a job in the UK she thought she was running away to something better. Five years later, faced with unemployment, she is forced to move back to Vancouver where the reaches of her parents authority and control extend to all aspects of her life. It doesn’t take long before Ann finds herself torn between rebelling or simply giving in, though neither option feels right. Ultimately, Ann finds herself caught up in a life that doesn’t look like her own.