Today I'm delighted to welcome author M.A. Foxworthy to my blog. Her YA novel The Village Green is out now. Here's the cover and a bit about it.
Kelsey stood in a long line of ragged people waiting to receive her meager rations for the week.
Kelsey Cooper, a girl of fourteen, lives with her father in the village of Green, a ran-down community of small cob dwellings and outdoor toilets. It offers its inhabitants few comforts but many restrictions.
Kelsey and her beloved father live alone since the death of her mother, a teacher who became a threat to the authoritarian powers that be. She and her friends, Rosy and Derek, are now at the age of full-citizenship, meaning that they will be given their life-long positions in the society.
Everything in Kelsey’s life is well regulated and uneventful until the day that she and Derek decide to visit the ruined city outside the limits of their village. There Kelsey finds the journal of Henry Martin and her eyes are opened to life as she knows or thought she knew.
This one seemingly accidental event is the spark that sets her world on fire. Finding out that Derek and his family are part of an underground resistance, that her best friend Rosy has been brain-washed, and that her mother is still alive is astonishing enough, but nothing compares to finding out that she is the prophesied liberator of her people.
Does Kelsey have the courage to leave everything she knows and everyone she loves to fulfill her destiny?
Kelsey stood in a long line of ragged people. She had left her dwelling at sun-up and was more than exhausted as she waited to receive her weekly rations. She shifted her weight from her right leg to her left, but as it was no longer helping with the pain that started in her feet and reached all the way to her lower back, she plopped down on her red wagon and surveyed the surroundings.
All around her stood the remains of small cob dwellings the walls of which were over two feet thick and had at one time been painted white. They were now crumbling like a child's mud pie left baking in the sun too long. Without people to live in them the mud houses simply disintegrated and became part of the earth around them once again. The metal roofs that had kept out the rain, sun, and snow were gone, having been recycled in some other village.
Aside from the fact that this village had long ago been abandoned to Mother Nature, it looked much the same as Kelsey's own village. There were small white dwellings, each with a small garden and an outdoor privy. A community school, an ugly one- story building with a flat roof, and the only structure made of brick in the entire village. In the center square stood a platform of rotting wood, used for everything from public announcements to public discipline.
Several years ago, when Kelsey was just a baby, a deadly plague carried by parasites living in mosquitoes had visited the village. The children and the old were the first to die. By the time it was over less than two hundred people were still living. Those that survived were moved to other villages and North Village was left to decay, now only used for the weekly Hand-Out.
Kelsey turned her attention to the people standing around her. They were different: men, women, children, some young, some old, red hair, blonde hair, black and brown hair, and yet they were also the same. They looked tired and hungry, and all were unwashed. Their clothes were the same shade of dingy beige, their hair and nails looked as though it had been weeks since they’d been cleaned. And that was probably true. In good times the people were only allowed three bathes a week, but in a time of drought, as it was now, they were lucky to get one. Kelsey didn't like to think of it, but she knew that she too looked as grungy as these squalid villagers.
Kelsey was startled out of her contemplation by the loud grumblings and arguments of her fellow citizens. She had been so lost in thought that she had not realized the line had not moved for more than a quarter of an hour.
“What if they've run out of food?” whined the woman next to her.
It sounds intriguing! If you'd like to read more you can buy the book from the links below:
About the Author
M.A. Foxworthy is the author of the dystopian YA novel, The Village Green and a full-time traveler living in a 35ft caravan with her husband and four children. When she isn’t out exploring a new environment you’ll find her working on her next novel or blog post, in the dark, very quietly praying that the children stay asleep. You can follow her travels at amerrybandoftravelers.wordpress.com and her work as an author at www.mafoxworthy.com.
What a fascinating life, M.A. I'm sure you're never short of story ideas! Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book. :)