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I am excited to be entering Pitch Wars 2019! A enormous thank you to the Pitch Wars Committee, the mentors, and the wonderful welcoming writing community.

Aine will do whatever it takes to protest climate change, but when warlocks bent on fracking the earth kidnap a child, she discovers she’s a druid and might have the power to save the planet.


Young Adult | Urban Fantasy | .Cli-Fi

82,000 words with series potential

Aine has epic plans for the summer: earn her black belt, hang with her best friend, and get the governor to sign a moratorium on hyper-fracking. It’s all ruined though when her uncle dies, and her dad relocates them to a small town in Ireland. When she meets Liam, a fit, green-eyed guy, things start looking up. But when a midnight run leads to a fall down a well, Aine encounters the Archdruid who tells her she’s a druid. Since nature is finite and magic is intrinsically connected to nature, both were imperiled by humanity’s exploitation. As a result, the gods revoked humanity’s magic —  until unforeseen consequences forced them to bless a small portion of the youngest generation. Aine is one of their number. Aine soon learns that her uncle’s death was caused warlocks: recalcitrant former magic users who will stop at nothing to regain power — whether that means hyper-fracking every last surface of the earth to extract “fragic” (a gaseous byproduct that temporarily restores magic) or kidnapping the children of druids. When a little girl goes missing, Aine, the Archdruid, Liam, some reluctant fae, and a mostly canine goddess join forces to save her and as a result, uncover the warlocks’ plans for the rest of the captive children. 

About me

April Galarza

Twitter: @AprilWriter

I spend my days saving the planet one story at time. I write young adult cli-fi and I work for an amazing environmental nonprofit helping health care become a leader in sustainability.

I have a B.F.A in creative writing, a M.S. in environmental communications, and a black belt in taekwondo. I have been a professional nonfiction writer for more than 13 years. I have published six short stories and over 40 articles in newspapers, magazines, and other outlets including the Huffington Post and an award-winning article on climate change for a community newspaper.

I am obsessed with plant-forward cooking, environmental activism, and spending time in the great outdoors with my husband and Lola, our fur baby. I love audiobooks and hope that FRACTURED MAGIC becomes one someday.

❤ Books ❤

Books that I love

  • A Wrinkle in Time – My first favorite book
  • The Year of the Flood series – Really anything by Margaret Atwood
  • Woman Hollering Creek – I decided to be a writer thanks to a class on Sandra Cisneros in high school
  • Tangled Lands – Paolo Bacigalupi’s cli-fi is breathtaking and inspiring!
  • Dread Nation – Newest addition to my list, I still can’t get the haunting images and thrilling story out of my head.
  • Harry Potter – Ravenclaw in the house! I read the entire series 8+ times
  • Outlander series- Swoon
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Ready Player One
  • The Red Tent
  • (and so, so, so, many others…)

What I’m reading right now: Gunslinger Girl by PitchWars mentor Lyndsay Ely. It is so good! A dystopic wild west after the second U.S. Civil War, a girl who escapes an arranged marriage for a new life thanks to her deadeye aim with her revolvers and iron grit. I’m only on Chapter 12, but Gunslinger Girl has already joined my list of books I’m planning on re-visiting again and again.

Books that helped inspire FRACTURED MAGIC

(If you like them, you will probably love my book 😉

  • Trail of Lightning – humor, gods, dystopia, kick-ass female protagonist, climate tie in. Be still my heart Rebecca Roanhorse!
  • Dark Swan series – I ❤ all of Richelle Mead’s works but this series’ magic was especially instructive
  • Dresden Files – the humor, the magic, the city!
  • Iron Druid series – has me laughing out loud, plus the pantheon of gods that are flawed and critical characters.
  • The Carbon Diaries – who says young people have to sit back and watch their planet be destroyed? Not Saci Lloyd…

Thanks for checking out my site, feel free to read some of my published stories while you’re here. I’m so happy to be part of the #writingcommunity and this incredible opportunity known as Pitch Wars.

Photo credits: Guitar – JanetandPhil, Frack pad – Elias Schewel, forrest – Blue Masia, Stone circle – vgm8383, protesters – David Holt, wrist grab – Womandefence.com

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