My go-to response here is 13+
None of my books have swearing, open-door scenes, or graphic violence, but there are themes that readers younger than 13 just will not understand and most readers aren’t even interested in a book with a romantic subplot before that age.
Several of my sweeter princess books can be read as young as 11, but others like in Legends of Neverland do have some morally grey characters that require more abstract thought than what 11-12 year olds can process. (ie—is killing someone ever justified? What if you are killing a murderer to prevent other deaths? What if you are breaking laws because they are corrupt and you're fighting to right those wrongs?)
All of my books will have at least one kiss and will usually have some mild violence (fights, etc). Anything beyond that is disclosed below. None of my books have open door scenes, swearing, or any graphic violence.
Also bear in mind that while some of these sound AWFUL, I do keep all of my books on a young adult level, so things are addressed in a very tasteful and non-graphic way.
For now, they can be read in any order. There WILL be one book specifically which I will recommend that readers read all other others prior to reading that one, but it is currently slotted to be book 7 (possibly 8) so it isn’t coming up any time soon.
HOWEVER, I’m already dropping hints about that book, but so far, I think only 1 reader messaged me when they caught onto a hint. (quite frankly, I was very impressed that she caught such a tiny hint so early on! The hints will get stronger throughout the series)
There are several reasons, but first and foremost, I have two children with multiple disabilities. I see that most people want to be kind and accepting of them, but feel uncomfortable approaching them for fear that they will say or do the wrong thing and cause offense.
By giving a voice to individuals with disabilities, my goal is:
1) for readers to gain new perspective and insight that they can apply into their lives when they meet individuals with disabilities and...
2) for individuals with disabilities to see their disabilities represented in an accurate and empowering way.
Nope! Not everyone in the world has a disability, and not all of my characters have disabilities. I will never add a disability into a book just to push an agenda; it needs to fit the character and fit the story. Most just make sense for that story, like the main character in Hunting Sirens being Deaf, which makes her immune to the sirens’ calls. In Becoming Hook, of course Captain Hook is an amputee. Many characters are disability inclusive without us even thinking about it.
Want to know which of my books feature disabilities? Check them out:
Check out my Coming Soon page for updates! I will be toying around wth some more fairytale retellings as well as some romantic fantasy in the future. My primary focus will be Legends of Neverland, but there are some other fun side projects I will play with as the fancy strikes me.