GFUs newest coach has dual life as author
Lacrosse coach Natalie Harrington completes her trilogy, 'Griffins Legacy'
With the Dec. 31 release of the final installment of her epic-fantasy trilogy Griffins Legacy, Redland author N.R. Rose is both sad to write The End and excited to share her work with another generation grappling with adolescence.
Having started the book while attending Oregon City High School, Rose now is the head womens lacrosse coach for George Fox University the first ever. The program is set to begin play this spring in Newberg.
She sees Griffins story of struggling to find his place beyond Earth as a metaphor. If this human against all odds can get accepted into another world, why cant other teens overcome peer bullying or unsupportive parents?
Just like youre not like everyone else, doesnt mean you cant be accepted into a community, she said.
Griffins Legacy tests Roses hero even more than the previous Griffins Temptation. Troubled teen Griffin Dominic now displays hints of love with Adria. She falls ill and forces him to retreat to the human world, where he reunites with his unfeeling father, who was among the reasons he escaped to the land of Aranwea, where two races battle for survival.
Deteriorating amid the malicious Shriekian domain, Griffin might have to make the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved Critins. As Shriekians grow stronger with their ruthless leader Gotham, he continues to try to discover their weakness, and a vision gives him an ounce of hope.
The only sense of relief I have is getting now to share my work with others, Rose said. The sad thing about finishing it is that now I have to reread my books to go back to that fantasy world.
Rose did readings in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Maryland this fall. She will be touring her series through Texas and Florida through Jan. 26, and she expects to schedule several Portland-area readings as she makes her way to the West Coast.
Attacker of the year
As a Division 1 athlete on scholarship, she wasnt allowed to promote her work until she graduated from California State University-Fresno, so she created a pen name using her middle name. Roses given name is Natalie Harrington. This past May, she received a bachelor of arts degree in communications to support her work as a coach and mentor.
As Harrington, she was known for leading the OCHS team to the Oregon 6A state championship in 2009 under coach Dara Kramer. At Fresno State, Harrington served as team captain and was recognized as the Bulldogs player of the year as a junior and attacker of the year as a senior.
The former OCHS title game MVP plans to keep writing despite her busy schedule and has hinted that another fantasy series is in the works. Her books are available through bookstores nationwide, from her publisher at www.tatepublishing.com or by visiting www.barnesandnoble. com or www.amazon.com.