Who Am I?

I am possibly the world’s least graceful black belt. Fortunately, grace is not a requirement for an author of adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction.

Due to an extensive history of tendonosis (a connective tissue disorder that feels like tendinitis, but it doesn’t go away), I primarily write with voice recognition software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking). I edit with a discontinued floating split keyboard (Kinesis Evolution formerly Interfaces by Cramer).

My short stories have appeared in Fearsmag.com, the single-issue World Fantasy Con chapbook Do Virgins Taste Better?, the anthology; Wolfsongs, and multiple issues of Tales of the Unanticipated(ToTU). My short story collections Magic, Mischief & Mayhem and Practice to Believe are available through Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.* My novels have appeared on my printer, my desk, and occasionally my floor. I am a member of the writers group Guts and Rocks.

My writing strength is character. My weakness has historically been plot, though this has gotten loads better with lots of practice. Humor has been a tough nut for me to crack, but I’ve made progress on that front in the past year. My philosophy, based on a read of my entire short story catalog, appears to be: The world is a dark and brutal place, because we’ve made it that way, and isn’t that tragic.

At conventions I like to talk about young adult fiction, writing combat, weapons, and writing craft.

Showing off two different tonfas. If fighting vampires, you’ll want to sharpen the ends for optimal staking potential.

Trivia

  • I am a supporter of the Oxford comma
  • I collect knowledge the way hoarders collect cats or newspapers
  • I have dyscalculia, so numbers and I don’t get along
    • I have a 50% chance of going the wrong way when directed to turn left or right
    • Analog clocks are hard to read
    • Spatial reasoning makes no sense
    • After eight years of classical voice training I can’t read music
  • I am ambidextrous
  • I am a feminist
  • My entire spine is rotated slightly to the left (I’m literally twisted)
  • I am a vegetarian
  • I am Romani and find most Romani depictions in fiction repugnant
  • For a complete

*For a complete publication history, visit the Find My Work page.

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