(Frey, Zonina) Z. Exie, aka Zorina Frey is a spoken word performer moonlighting as a copywriter for a digital marketing technology firm in Coral Gables, Florida. Hailing from Indiana, she was inspired to write Thecla, A Dark Romance (I.W.A. Publishing), based on her Midwestern religious roots. After losing her parents and surviving The Reckoning and a catastrophic earthquake that nearly destroyed all of North America, young Thecla survived on her own against all odds in what became known as The Wastelands. Seven years later, now a fiercely, self-trained warrior and hunter-gatherer, Thecla is suddenly introduced to new order of civilization known as Carpathia, a pious community where the prominent Bishop Kato governs. As her morals are challenged, Thecla quickly discovers that her survival skills and instincts that kept her alive in the brutal, wild and untamed Wastelands is no match for the challenges she faces in Carpathia.