Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Jaycee: Me? I'm nobody. A big, fat, nobody. I'm in eighth grade. Mostly I'm just trying to stay out of the way of the cheerleaders, do my homework, play some video games, get to high school. I live with my mom and dad in your typical suburban house. I'm an only child, so at least I don't have a brother or sister bothering me.
What is your role in the story?
Jaycee: I'm the, uh, what do you call it? Protagonist, that's it. It's my story and my adventure. I have to figure out how to complete the quest. Oh, yeah, and there's that whole "survive middle school" thing, too.
What is your favorite hobby?
Jaycee: Playing Hero's Sword definitely. I like other video games, too, but Hero's Sword is the best. What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story? Jaycee: I just want to finish middle school, seriously. I mean, there are all these kids trying to make themselves look or act like the popular people. And they don't quite make it, you know? Me, I'm not even going to try. But I want to be my own person, too. And that's hard when everybody else is trying to make you look stupid because of how you dress, or what you like to do. Know what I mean?
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Jaycee: I'd like to make a couple more friends. Figure out where I fit in. And it wouldn't hurt if Nate Fletcher asked me out to the movies, either.
Title: Snake in the Grass: Hero’s Sword Vol. 4
Author: M.E. Sutton
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy
Things are getting interesting at Tanner Middle School. The only official candidate for student council president is Jaycee’s nemesis, Trina Poppelman. Plus there’s a new girl in school. At first glance, she looks like she’d fit right in with the cheerleaders, but Jaycee senses something different about her.
Things are getting interesting in Mallory, too. Lady Starla is expecting an Imperial envoy to discuss new taxes. She plans to oppose the measure and asks Lyla to stand by her side in a show of support. However, when the envoy goes missing, the situation becomes a lot more serious than a proposed tax increase.
In this fourth installment of the Hero’s Sword series, Lyla and Roger hit the road to find a missing envoy before Starla pays the ultimate price for his disappearance. Along the way, Jaycee learns that winning isn’t always the end-game result.
Mary Sutton has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people’s stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction.
She writes the HERO’S SWORD middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton and finds a lot of inspiration in the lives of her own kids. A lifelong mystery fan, she also writes crime fiction, including THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES, under the pen name Liz Milliron. Her short fiction has been published at Uppagus.com, Mystericale.com (Fall 2013), and in LUCKY CHARMS: 12 CRIME TALES (December 2013).