Zydeco Queen and the Creole Fairy Courts

NEW FICTION! Never before published.

Zydeco in her heart.

Fée in her blood.

Can Francine ever earn respect and love from the one who matters most–her papa?


When Francine is a little girl, she’ll do just about anything for her papa.

But as Francine grows older, she and Papa start fighting about everything–school, fiddling, and boys.

Then the others come calling, the fairies from no tale Francine has ever read. They ask her to come fiddle at their court, promising magic and all the music she wants.

Francine gladly goes with them.

When war starts between the two Creole fairy courts, the Seelie and the Unseelie, Francine finds she’s fighting her papa again.

Can Francine and her papa lay aside their differences? Or will they keep fighting until beauty and kindness is drained out of all the worlds?

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Read the first two chapters of “Zydeco Queen and the Creole Fairy Courts”


This novel started as a book proposal, something I came up with in the middle of a workshop. We were supposed to use different to generate each proposal. This novel came from the David Mamet proposal format:

1. Who wants what from whom?
2. What happens if he (she) doesn’t get it?
3. Why now?

I used this formula not just for the gist of the novel, but for separate scenes and chapters as well. Every time I got stuck or needed ideas, I applies this formula. It doesn’t work for all books, but for this one, it was ideal.

I wrote this novel the first four months while I was living in New Orleans, in the French Quarter. It was an amazing time for me. I got inspired just walking down the street. New Orleans is a magical place for me. If you ever have the chance to visit, go. You’ll never know who you’ll meet or what will end up doing.

Here’s a picture I took of a violin sitting in an art gallery on Royal. It was there only the one time I walked by. But I kept this picture on my desktop the entire time I was writing:

As I said–you’ll never know what you’ll see!