About The Witch of Zal:
12-year-old Dorveday struggles to be a model Zalan—condescending to the robot servants, intolerant of anyone different, and obedient to the whims of the oppressive Ministry. Then the Ministry tries to take her pet robotic dog. She runs away—and lands in magical Oz. After the Witch of the East blows herself up and the Wicked Witch of the West threatens to kill Dorveday over East’s magic shoes, Dorveday follows the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz might help. Along the way, she picks up strange companions: A Victorian straw man with the inner strength to face witches without fear. A clockwork tin man so soft he rusts himself with tears. A lion so scared he hides behind children. And Cian, a runaway servant boy with the confidence to lead when she cannot. Can they be “real” friends if they aren’t human? Zalans say no. And yet…together they face brain-sucking zombicorns, raging rivers, and deadly hypnotic butterflies. But what worries Dorveday even more than the deadly dangers she faces in Oz is that Zal’s Ministry will send her mother through soul-crushing Rehabilitation to punish her for Dorveday’s escape. During her fight to get home, Dorveday discovers the power to not only save her mother, but change her world forever.
About the Author:
Kerry Gans is a write-from-home mom who squeezes in writing around her rambunctious preschooler. Hard work and luck make all the juggling manageable—as long as she guards against accidentally tossing her laptop into the bathtub or trying to delete her daughter.
Storytelling has pervaded her entire life from grade school until the present. She told stories of all kinds while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Chestnut Hill College and a Master of Arts in English from Arcadia University. Then Kerry helped bring fairy tales to life in the Equity children’s theater Storybook Musical Theatre. Video editing provided another story-telling outlet, and Kerry is a WEVA award winning video editor for corporate and event work. She is the co-founder of The OutSource Video Group (OSVG), a video production company in East Norriton, PA, which she ran for eight years before stepping down to pursue writing full-time.
Works-in-progress include a YA fantasy, YA science fiction, and a middle grade historical action-adventure. On The Goose’s Quill, she blogs about her journey toward publishing while parenting, and she also writes for the group blog The Author Chronicles. Kerry’s recent publications include the short stories To Light and Guard (Bewildering Stories magazine) and Dying Breath (Youth Imagination magazine), the poem The Towers Stood (World Healing, World Peace 2014 Poetry Anthology), and a genealogy reference book The Warren Family of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and their Ancestors (Goose’s Quill Press).
Kerry is active in the vibrant writing community of Doylestown, PA, which keeps her excited and passionate about her chosen career. She loves to write and will not stop until Death makes her. And after that…she may haunt a computer and keep writing anyway.