Young adult fantasy is typically a genre used for escapism, helping young readers leave the world they currently live in and go somewhere out of their wildest dreams. Jeffrey Cummins, author of “Leftwich Blues/Elfwitch Rules” [ForgivenIAm Publishing House] uses his writing to create these otherworldly places while also incorporating important issues that many children face in their lives.
Chayse and Reed Leftwich are twin twelve-year-olds who have a broken home: their dad can’t hold a job and is always behind on child payment and their mom is never home between alternating work shifts. The twins are struggling to keep their heads above water without their parents when Elsie Crutch, a woman claiming to be from CASA, shows up to take them into foster care. Crutch soon reveals herself as the Elfwitch and abducts the twins to another world, the Realm, where the twins encounter alternate versions of everyone they know, including their own parents. Together, the twins must learn to help each other and their estranged parents to fight the evils of the Elfwitch in order to return to their own world and heal their broken home.
By creating relatable characters who become brave and confident enough to face their own fears, Cummins empowers readers with similar issues to challenge their own lives.
Leftwich Blues/Elfwitch Rules is a fast-paced, captivating fantasy with a heart of gold at its core and is sure to have readers absorbed in the story. Cummins is available for interviews, Q&A’s and bylined articles and can speak/write on topics including but not limited to:
- The Power of Storytelling: How to address real life issues through fiction
- The importance of having realistic and relatable characters in young adult stories
- How to make young adult fantasy accessible and understandable for all readers to enjoy
- Drawing from real-life experiences to write fictional stories
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeffrey Cummins is very grateful for the blessings and dreams and hardships that have come his way. Over the years, he has worked in retail, the banking industry, as a mental health paraprofessional, and as a public school teacher. This is his first published book, and prior to this, he won an Editor’s Choice for a short story in the Arkansas Anthology. He currently lives in the Ozarks with his wife and family and their many dogs.
Leftwich Blues/Elfwitch Rules was released December 13, 2021.
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