I have a master’s degree in creative writing and have published a bit. I also run a publishing company called Imprintli and I write a blog about boring, grown-up stuff.
I have better credentials as an inventor and adventurer. I traveled throughout Asia as a child with my adventuring mother. I invent online gadgets for Google and other companies. And one day I plan to invent time travel for pirates, too.
I wrote this book about and for my two nieces, Chloe and Bella, who are awesome, brave, Steampunk girls. I don't know the origin of Disastrous Pirate Sue – she just came to me one day.
The Pirates of Bair Island
RELEASE DATE 7/1/2013
The Pirates of Bair Island is a story of adventure about two girls and their aunt, a woman of questionable morals and remarkable talents. It is exactly the kind of story I would have loved to read as a kid.
A novel for children ages 9-14. Download a free preview chapter here.
When Captain Mack and his wife are lost in a frightful airship disaster during an expedition to the year 1889, their daughters, Chloe and Bella, are sent to their last known living relative: Auntie Sue. On arrival, the sisters are dismayed to see that not only is their aunt a scary old lady, but they're expected to live on a half-sunken boat in a dirty marina.
But as it turns out, auntie Sue has a trick or two up her dirty old sleeves. The boat is really The Tantrum in disguise, a notorious pirating ship. And their aunt is the infamous Disastrous Pirate Sue, a cross between Mary Poppins and Captain Jack Sparrow.
As the Tantrum becomes magically larger and cleaner and their aunt gets suspiciously younger and sprier, the sisters begin to understand that theirs is not the average family history.
The girls soon discover that their grandfather, Dr. Alexander Faraday, is the famous inventor of a time machine that everybody wants to get their hands on. Indeed, a competing inventor, Cornelius von Helmholtz, has traveled to the past and somehow prevented Dr. Faraday from ever inventing the time machine. Abruptly, time travelers everywhere are stuck in the past—including the girls’ parents.
To discover when this Unauthorized Historical Revision or UHR (pronounced "uurrrrr") happened and stop von Helmholtz, Auntie Sue and the girls will have to consult The Complete Book of History: Past, Present and Future, which is kept on a floating island. Since no one knows where the island is at any given time (because it's floating, silly) they will first need to find the Ubiquitous Map, a gadget that can locate anyone, anywhere, at any point in time.
This is all easier said than done, naturally. After quite a few adventures involving crusaders, dirigibles and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, they find the island, discover the source of the UHR and Chloe travels to the past to warn her grandfather. But will she be in time? Can she save the time machine and return her parents to the present? And what about Bella? Only time will tell.
Thus unfolds the first tale of the Absolutely True Adventures of the Amazing Faradays.