Debut Young Adult Novel SEeking representation
Year of the Dahlia
Fleeing a tragic loss, Olive, her mother Ellen, and their three horses move to a cold, wet Pacific Northwest town. They try to assimilate into their new environment as they’re haunted by mysterious signs from Olive’s sister, Sophie, who drowned last May. Through encounters with neighboring Dahlia farmers, a Salish Indian boy, and an English teacher who assigns year-long journal writing, their lives slowly begin to take root. When one of Olive’s horses is injured by a gunshot, this unlikely group of residents and their stories become more and more tightly intertwined. Can these new relationships help Olive and Ellen recover, and find happiness again?
ABOUT the author
Lisa writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She holds a B.A. of English Literature from DePaul University (Chicago) and has studied extensively at Seattle’s literary center, Hugo House. Her work has appeared in The Citron Review, The Belletrist, Adanna, Shark Reef, and other journals. Her audio piece, Cultural Conversations, aired on Bellevue radio station KBCS. She owns and manages The Medium, a graphic design firm in North Bend, Washington.