AK22-05 Laurel Anne Hill. A Plague of Flies.

 An Authors Kiss with Sara Troy and her guest Laurel Anne Hill, on air from February 1st

YA author Laurel Anne Hill. She will discuss her latest novel, Plague of Flies, which takes readers back in time to 1846 and the western section of Mexican Alta California, on a mystical fantasy adventure. Laurel Anne will talk about why it’s important for young adult readers (teens, aged 14 and up) to read fiction. She can also discuss how research into her Mexican heritage revealed a dark secret about her ancestors — those who were threatened to let go of their land, to make way for a new railroad.


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Laurel Anne Hill recently released her third novel, Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846. The YA historical fantasy tells the story of a 16-year-old Mexican girl, Catalina, and her fight for her country after American invaders declare war on Mexico. 

Circumstances compel Catalina to protect all those she holds dear when American invaders, called the Bear Flaggers, declare that Mexican California belongs to the United States. Faced with the imprisonment and murders of her friends, Catalina relies on guidance from people and places more powerful than herself. Catalina risks her reputation, future with the man she loves, and, ultimately, her soul to prevent the calamity she fears.

Author Laurel Anne Hill is also known for her award-winning novel, The Engine Woman’s Light. Hill has received over thirteen awards and honors including a Kirkus Star and the Kirkus Top 100 Indie Books recognition.

Laurel says about her newest book, “My Mexican great-grandmother, as a teen in US California during the 1860s, recruited Mexican ex-patriots to return to their country of birth and rid Mexico of French soldiers. Her dedication, and that of my great-great-grandmother and many others, helped restore the Mexican Republic. How could this bit of family history not inspire me to create a character such as Catalina? A brave young woman in the 1840s who learns to believe the unbelievable and accomplish what only she is meant to do?”

About the author: 

Laurel Anne Hill is an author and former underground storage tank operator. She grew up in San Francisco with more dreams of an adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor, and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life.

Laurel has authored over 30 published short stories and two award-winning YA novels, including The Engine Woman’s Light, the gripping spirits-meet-steampunk, coming-of-age heroic journey of a young Latina in an alternate 19th Century California. The Engine Woman’s Light has won a total of 13 honors and awards, including a Kirkus Star. Sand Hill Review Press released Laurel’s latest YA novel, Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846 on October 16th 2021.