Colleen’s latest novel, Lilith Land, is a story about a pandemic virus and the end of the world where only the women survive. (It’s a novel, not an action plan).
Lilith Land explores the world as it tilts toward catastrophic change. Opening in the present day, the story focuses on Dr. Gretchen Hubbarton, a divorced mom of two and waterborne disease expert. In Gretchen’s world, a 45-day countdown has begun, one that will lead to the release of a lab-engineered virus into the water supply intended to eliminate men from the world.
The virus changes life forever – only the women survive.
A dual timeline novel, Lilith Land also tells the story of life twenty years after the virus successfully wipes out 85% of the planet’s population. Delia, a mom and community leader, appears to have an ideal life under a newly formed matriarchy in which Delia plays a key role. This new female utopia is a model of tranquility until terrifying news arrives: a new-generation male is accused of sexual assault. Faced with the possibility that her co-parent’s son could be expelled from their community, Delia must help determine the fate of the next generation: are women better off without any men?
Lilith Land alternates between Gretchen's reality and Delia’s, creating a future where women make all decisions.
Lilith Land was named a Sci-Fi finalist winner by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest in September 2021. The manuscript was also a Semifinalist winner in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition in February 2020, selected from over 1200 submissions.
Lilith Land earned a Finalist award on Coverfly, a spot on the coveted Red List, and in March 2020 was listed as #7 for Sci-fi Book/Manuscripts of the Month, and #8 for Sci-fi Book/Manuscripts of the Year.
Despite writing a story about the end of the world where all the men die, Colleen is happily married to her high school sweetheart and has two teenagers for whom she would move mountains (or quarantine in lockdown for months) in case of pandemic virus. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, Colleen specialized in writing for television and film.
Colleen is seeking literary representation and is happy to send query, synopsis and manuscript as requested. Friends and readers, thanks for your patience – Colleen is excited for when you can read this when it’s published!