World: This series takes place some 400 years in the future after abrupt climate change has melted the ice caps and flooded the coasts. Civilization has collapsed and been replaced by a World Federation that suppresses any knowledge from before the Great Collapse. Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule using a caste system with them and Elites on top, Professionals in the middle, and Working Stiffs on the bottom. Marginals are those cast outside of the Federation.
Regina Shen is an outcast Marginal condemned by the World Federation to live on the seaward side of Barrier Walls built to hold back rising seas from abrupt climate change. She is Chinese-Hispanic, tough, lives by her wits, and thrives on salvage from sunken cities for survival. Her mentor/teacher pushes her to use her photographic memory to absorb illegal print books from before the Great Collapse. She also has unique DNA the Federation believes can reverse a worldwide fertility collapse. Regina doesn’t trust the Federation.
Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco of the notorious Department of Antiquities polices Barrier Walls and destroys evidence from before the Great Collapse, including all print books. Ambitious, she sees Regina as the key to securing her future.
Inspector Vikki Volpe is a ruthless hard-core Antiquities agent who believes Demarco has gone soft and wants the chief inspector’s job.
Book 1 (Regina Shen: Resilience): A hurricane threatens to destroy what’s left of Regina Shen’s world, tearing her from her sister, her mom, and her home. Chief Inspector Demarco takes blood from Regina and implants a tracking chip. Blood tests show that Regina and her sister have remarkable DNA that could reverse a worldwide fertility collapse. Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for her family.Book 2 (Regina Shen: Vigilance): Pursued by the notorious Department of Antiquities for her unique DNA, Regina Shen jumps the Barrier Wall into the Federation to find her kidnapped sister. She reaches the university town where they’re holding her sister, but winds up on a closed campus with heavy surveillance. Regina must use her wits to escape and rescue her sister without letting either of two rival Antiquities inspectors capture her.
Raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, I grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. I took to stories as my anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury and Heinlein, and have been writing since age eleven. Growing up, I was inspired by my father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.