As you probably guessed from the title, it’s a portal fantasy. This one’s for readers ages 8-12.
The setting is the Oregon Coast, where I grew up.
(At least, that’s where the story begins…)
I based the lighthouse on a very real one: Heceta Head. Isn’t it stunning?
If you squint, you might see me in the picture to the right, leaning against the base, on a research trip.
I’ve been saying that this book is like a love letter to middle school me—to that kid who devoured every book she could find about dragons or witches or portals in the sky. It’s just the kind of book I would have loved when I was a kid.
By the time I finish a book, my office is a disaster. Papers everywhere, books scattered, receipts and lists littering my desk. So before I can get started on that next book, I have to clear away the clutter from the old one. And you know what I discovered?
Yep, that’s right. Apparently The Lighthouse between the Worlds is the second lighthouse book I’ve written. The last one was from 5th grade, when I had just learned how to put shadows on block letters. (Ha!) I have to say, I’m glad the good people at Simon & Schuster found artist Kailey Whitman to do the cover this time around. Isn’t it gorgeous?
This book was so fun to write—a new challenge for me in so many ways. This one is pure adventure, a fast-paced world-hopping tale.
I hope you and the young readers in your life love it!