My name is Milly but I’m often called Wrinkles. The name is disgusting but, if I’m honest, so is my appearance. My sister studied magic years ago and I begged her to use her powers to make me beautiful. The spell went wrong, or so she claims, and I now look like a human Shar-Pei. Thick wrinkles hang off me and wiggle when I walk. I’d like to say that I’m not bitter, but I am.
What is your role in the story?
I keep a low profile; I find that’s best when you look like a monster. I’m often underestimated. That is an advantage. Let’s just say that I have something up my sleeve and everyone is going to be very surprised. Especially my sister.
What is your favorite hobby?
I’m a bit of a craftsperson. Conventional materials bore me. I’d tell you what I use to make my unique gifts, but you’d probably vomit.
If you could make one wish, what would you wish for?
I need two wishes. One – I want to be beautiful again or at least not deformed. Two – I want my sister to pay for what she’s done.
What challenges are you trying to overcome?
I’m stuck on Earth and I need to get back home. The portal that leads to my world has been sealed. But not for long...
Title: Wrong Side of the Rift
Author: Libby Heil
Genre: YA Fantasy
Grape can’t unlearn what living in Sortilege Falls has taught her. Magic is real. Vampires live among us. And there’s a portal in her back yard that leads to another world.
A few weeks ago, Grape lived a quiet life with her family in Watts Landing. Now, she’s stuck in Sortilege Falls, searching for a way to rescue her brother from the other side of the rift. She’s connected to Brad through dreams and what she sees terrifies her. Brad is being tortured into performing magic and, even worse, he’s being forced to torture others.
Grape hounds the magic folk in town, seeking a way through the rift. Her mother’s memory’s been stolen. Her new vampire friend refuses to help. Grape must do it all alone. What she uncovers is a whole host of secrets about the town and her own family. And she’s not the only one hunting for answers.
Time is running out for Brad, but it might be running out for Grape as well.
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I was born during a blizzard. I’m told it was pretty cool but I have no memory of that time. I grew up in two tiny towns in Virginia and spent most of my twenties moving around the US. I’ve lived in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Washington. I’ve settled down, for now, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I’m a writer and improviser. I studied acting in college but spent more time rewriting lines than memorizing them. My first play, Fourth Wall, was produced my junior year. Since then, I’ve written several full length plays, one acts and screenplays. I started writing fiction in my late twenties. Now, I focus mainly on novels but still dabble in theater.
Fun facts about me: There are none. I’m sorry to disappoint you so soon. But, I do love to read, write, and run. My hubby is my favorite person on earth. Dogs are my second favorite. All dogs. I love orange juice, especially when it’s mixed with club soda. Carbonation is better than alcohol. Jaws is my favorite movie. Everything I’ve said so far is true.
Puschcart Prize Nomination for “Grow Your Own Dad” – Published by Mixer Publishing
Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference – “STUFF”
Honorable Mention The Ohio State Newark New Play Contest – “The Last Day”