Laurel Anne Hill is an author and former underground storage tank operator. She grew up in San Francisco with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. Laurel has written over thirty published short stories and two award-winning YA novels, including “The Engine Woman’s Light,” the gripping spirits-meet-steampunk, coming-of-age heroic journey of a young Latina in an alternate 19th century California. “The Engine Woman’s Light” has won a total of thirteen honors and awards, including a Kirkus Star. Sand Hill Review Press is set to release Laurel’s next Young Adult novel, “Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846” on October 16, 2021. It tells the story of a young Mexican girl whose country is in turmoil. (Laurel Anne Hill, 2021)
“Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846” – This Young Adult historical fantasy tells the story of a 16-year-old Mexican girl, Catalina, and her fight for her country after American invaders declare war on Mexico. Circumstances compel Catalina to protect all those she holds dear when American invaders, called the Bear Flaggers, declare that Mexican California belongs to the United States. Faced with the imprisonment and murders of her friends, Catalina relies on guidance from people and places more powerful than herself. Catalina risks her reputation, future with the man she loves, and, ultimately, her soul to prevent the calamity she fears. Experience mid-19th century Mexican Alta California with Catalina and the spirits she encounters along the way.
Laurel says about her newest book, “My Mexican great-grandmother, as a teen in US California during the 1860s, recruited Mexican ex-patriots to return to their country of birth and rid Mexico of French soldiers. Her dedication, and that of my great-great-grandmother and many others, helped restore the Mexican Republic. How could this bit of family history not inspire me to create a character such as Catalina? A brave young woman in the 1840s who learns to believe the unbelievable and accomplish what only she is meant to do?”
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