Bringing Light to Hidden Worlds Through Story

“…Say, do you want to fly, love?”

“Fly! How on earth—”

“Shh, child. Put aside your questions. You’re in the Shelter of Mystery, after all.”

I smile. “All right, then. How do we do it?”

“Much like the fairies do. A little bit of stardust and a whole lot of trust.” With that, he lifts his staff horizontal to the ground. I watch it sparkle, little flecks of light popping off of it and disappearing into the air. The keeper bends down. “Wrap your arms around my shoulders. Don’t worry—I won’t drop you.”

What others say about Denica’s writing:

“Denica writes with words that fall fast but linger long… like the raindrops of a downpour striking a window pane. Her words weave together into stories that swell the heart and may just make you sob helplessly. Or dance.” -Gen Gavel, fiction writer and editor

“…a magician with words! So magical… yet so real.” -Hope Jordan, Artist


IMG_2961Welcome adventurers and dreamers! I’m Denica, and I’m so glad you’re here! I write lyrical young adult fantasy with generational themes. My characters often grapple with love, loss, and the injustices of their worlds while learning to embrace who they are in the context of relationships. I love to travel and I’ve been told I’m an old soul. I believe that stories have great power to connect and heal. You can read a little more of my story by visiting my About Page.


My projects include a dystopian fantasy duology, Marked and Crowned (working titles) that I am in the process of querying, and a recently finished YA fantasy that has series potential.

The duology: a dystopian society with a medieval-type setting—full of forest adventures, rebels, friendship and romance, and elusive royalty.

Recently finished manuscript: An adventurous girl with a pegasus confronts the loss of her mother, the estrangement of her father, and the history of her world while discovering her place in it. Themes include family, the role of magic, and racial tension. You can find out more about my projects here.

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