There are few things more important to me than traveling and experiencing the world through its many unique cultures, traditions, beliefs, and relationships. I try to incorporate something I’ve learned from my journeys into all of my books and, if nothing else, I hope my books will serve as a window through which my readers can observe someone else in another place and, possibly, another time. Even my upcoming fantasy and science fiction projects will incorporate international themes, while endeavoring to present the world and foreign cultures in ways the reader may not suspect.
Here are my projects to date:
“The Notice” (2012)
In 1992, Bosnia & Herzegovina is a young nation on the brink of destruction. Devastated by passionate cries for independence and a complicated holy war, it has become the battleground for the most violent and brutal crimes in Europe since the end of World War II. In the fictional town of Zenovica, located in the mountains north of Sarajevo, Violeta Petrovic has watched these events unfold on the news with wide-eyed disbelief. She questions the possibility that such bedlam and betrayal could ever find its way to her community.
However, when Violet witnesses the vicious murder of an elderly Muslim woman by one of her Serb countrymen, she realizes that the same war is festering in her own neighborhood. Suddenly, she is no longer allowed to play with the children who dress in green and call themselves “Bosniaks”, for they are the Muslim betrayers who have brought war to the Balkans for centuries. She is told to ignore the trucks of battered refugees who enter her town daily to seek shelter in the local football stadium from gangs of militiamen and thugs. These are the orders of her stubborn, young companion Goran, who has taken control of their friends with his hateful rhetoric.
Only when Violet meets the ghost of Sanja Imamović does she begin to realize how truly heartbreaking Bosnia’s war is… and how difficult it will be to stop.
The Notice is a tale of courage and redemption set against the graphic backdrop of unspeakable atrocities. It is the story of how Violet’s life is drastically altered by the conflict in her country over the course of several years. Even while she is pulled in conflicting directions by the teachings of the murdered woman’s wise spirit and her racist best friend, Violet must ask herself what it means to be Bosnian in a land where history is being distorted through fear, sexual violence, and propaganda. What follows is the heartrending account of how Violeta’s family loses everything and the sacrifices she must make to proudly restore her identity.
10,000 + Copies Sold
An Amazon Kindle Top 30 Bestseller
#2 in Historical Fiction
#1 in Ghost Fiction