Touched was written in 2003 as my NaNoWriMo entry. I used to publish the entire drafts of my works to the site but as I’m editing to get them published, I’ve pulled the stories down. Instead I am offering downloads of the first drafts as ebooks. Once I edit them for publication, you can return here to download and Purchase the finished volume. I’ve added some amusing tidbits about the story as I envisioned it during the first draft of the story’s creation.

Download the first, unedited draft here

Purchase a copy of the book here

Genre: YA fantasy

TOUCHED tells the story of CASSIE MCKAY, a young girl with a big imagination who has been called forth to save the faerielands. The faerielands is in danger. Their only hope rests in the imagination of a young girl, Cassie, who is currently imprisoned in a mental institution for being able to see things that aren’t really there. Her friends, HAZEL and STICK, break her out and take her to the Counsel. There Cassie gets charged with looking for the Stormhaven witch, whom may or may not be connected to the terrible plague killing the fae. Her quest will take her places she only dreamed about visiting, and will teach her the value of friendship, and about the power of story. In the end, Cassie uncovers the witch, who is an elder reflection of herself. She also learns that the power to heal the faerielands lies in her imagination. Her stories will save her friends and the place she has grown to love; but at a sacrifice to her own ability to connect with them in reality.

The story evolved out of a need to write about events that happened in my past and how to show teens that the power of words and story do have a healing effect. Words and storytelling were the tools that helped heal and free me when faced with being put into an institution when I was in high school.

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