Lindsey s. Frantz

The Upworld

Fantasy

It’s been many generations since the Vitium War. In the ruins of what was once Appalachia, the population has split into three groups—upworlders who live in sparse, walled off cities, albino cave dwellers, and a group of savage nomads called the Wylden. Then there’s Erilyn—a telekinetic 17-year-old girl who can see auras and hear thoughts. For three years she lived a quiet, calm life in the woods with Luna, her albino serval cat, until the day Finn—an upworld boy from Sunnybrook—stumbles, injured, into her clearing, chased by Wylden hunters. Erilyn’s once calm life is turned upside down as she guardedly travels with Finn back to Sunnybrook. There she must confront both the secrets of her past—the cave dwellers she ran from as a child and the bittersweet memories she daily tries to forget—and Morrigan, the girl who broke Finn’s heart and who’s harboring her own a dangerous secret.

In alternating chapters told in Erilyn and Finn’s voices, in a style similar to Veronica Rossi, Frantz explores segregated societies and how vitium—the product of hundreds of years of pollution—affects this post-war world, which has startling parallels to our present.

Lindsey S. Frantz

Lindsey S. Frantz was born and raised in Appalachia and earned her MFA from Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Her stories and poems have previously appeared in Main Street Rag’s Villains Anthology, Ruminate Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Young Ravens Literary Review, among others. Her first novel, The Upworld, was released from Line by Lion Publications in August of 2017.

She currently lives in sleepy, art-rich Berea, Kentucky with her husband, Vince, and their two young children, James and Sadie. See her website to learn more.

Schedule

Friday, October 19

12:00-12:45pm • Panel Discussion – Epic Landscapes and a Hint of Mystery

Location: DSU 3005

Learn the recipe to writing fascinating tales weaved from fact and fiction. From books set in the Roaring Twenties to a magical orchard to the chemistry classroom—and beyond—these authors are master mixers of real and imagined landscapes.

Along with these authors:
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Skila Brown
C. A. Preece
Daphne Kalmar
Rebecca Caprara

7:30-8:15pm • Panel Discussion—World-building Across Genres

Location: Barnes & Noble Booksellers (1680 Campbell Lane)

Ever heard a story that just stuck with you? So did these authors—they just decided to write books about them. Whether set in a real-life city or a world made from scratch, each of these authors is a master at turning small tales into big stories.

Along with these authors:
Daphne Kalmar
Skila Brown
Rebecca Caprara
Dave Connis