YA author draws upon adventurous spirit in writing her new novel

Author Makiia Lucier recently moved to the Triangle from Idaho, and she may be one of the few who loves North Carolina’s characteristically humid summers.

“It reminds me of Guam where I grew up,” said Lucier, who has settled in Raleigh with her family. “It’s warm and muggy and green. This is very similar to a tropical island.”

Her attitude illustrates her adventurous spirit about trying something new.

In February, she published her second YA novel, “Isle of Blood and Stone,” (Houghton Mifflin) a book very different from her first. “A Death-Struck Year,” published in 2014, was historical fiction, set in 1918 Portland.

 

A Death-Struck Year

 

n her first book, for ages 11 and older, she had to be true to the setting: a real city during a real war (World War II) and a very real outbreak of Spanish Influenza.

Isle of Blood and Stone (Tower of Winds)

 

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