Here is the beginning of Sharon’s novel “Chrysalis.” She welcomes your comments!

The Late Bloomer

Monemer1I was talking to a friend recently about being overwhelmed with all the projects that I have going on right now, and she suggested that I only blog once a week. That seemed a great idea. Since I’ve been talking a lot about my writing, and as I’m pressed for time, today I’m going to post the first section of my novel CHRYSALIS which is currently being queried. All comments and critiques are welcome!

Chapter One

Pain stopped the beautiful dream: a deep, pinching pain. Something jabbed her. Joyel tried to open her eyelids, but they were heavy. Snuggling with Magnolia would help her go back to sleep. Reaching for her closest friend made the pain worse.

Joyel gasped, her eyelids flicked open, as something sharp and cold slid into her little arm and dug around. She strained to see what was pricking her arm, but her room was dark…

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).

One thought on “CHRYSALIS

  1. CHRYSALIS is marvelous. The sensory descriptions are finely rendered, and Joyel’s bewilderment creates a restless, anxious aspect of the reader’s effort to understand more about his world.

    This clearly a girl in a pickle. Hoping we find out more about this world.


    – Carl H.

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