Beneath rock and soil, trees and oceans, she lies.
Under concrete jungles and poisoned rivers, she slumbers.
She is Mother Earth.
And mankind has turned its back on its mother.
The visions begin on Terran's seventeenth birthday. Horrifying images pummel her brain, while a voice commands her to see beyond the world she thought she knew and into the heart of it. Gaia has awakened, brought to consciousness by the greed of a species that has tainted every aspect of her being in a tide of indifference. With this awareness, comes rage. Gaia calls upon her children to unleash her fury, wreaking vengeance on humanity.
Terran will emerge in a world on the brink of collapse, to face a being whose wrath is beyond imagining.
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About the Author
Kristin Ward lives is a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and numerous furry and feathered friends. As a nature enthusiast, she infuses her stories with environmental themes and encourages her readers to learn about the world in which they live and strive to do their part to leave it a better place for future generations.
After the Green Withered is her debut novel.
Questions and answers to get to know the author:
What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write this book while writing a graduate course in environmental education. As I read numerous topics regarding the history of the earth to the present, I couldn’t help but be struck by the incredible responsibility that humans have to the future of our planet.
How long have you been writing?
My writing aspirations began in 7th grade when my English teacher likened my writing to Saki, the author of The Interlopers. From that point on, I have written numerous poems, not all good, and have begun many stories that I hope to continue to develop and eventually publish.
Did you create your own cover? Is there a special meaning in the images?
Yes, I created the cover with the help of Canva. The cover consists of an image of the world that Enora lives in. It is a desolate landscape of dry earth and withered trees and her image overlays this background. The symbol is of my own design and represents the entity that has usurped control. Each element of the design has a specific meaning.
You can read more about her daily life and humorous anecdotes on living in a house full of boys by visiting her website: writingandmythreesons.com or connecting on Twitter @writingwithboys