I wrote a book. Then another. And another.
Yes, I’m starting another. I can’t seem to stop. The stories just keep coming out.
I was a chemical engineer and made car paint.
I taught high school. But don’t anymore.
I teach college organic chemistry.
I am a wife and mom and sister and aunt and grammy.
ran trotted a few half marathons.
I finished my PhD.
I like to bake.
Love (need) coffee.
Back to my books. I am a reader. I know a good book when I read it and if it isn’t good, I don’t finish it. (Actually, I toss it across the room.) Here are some notes on my published works.
In a universe where time and space are limitless, where each person has one deathday per year, and where the deathday is a two-way portal, Anna finds herself suddenly on the dead side, facing the choice between death and life. How cruel for relationship problems to tag along to the dead side.
Published by LMNO Press, in paperback and e-book, on 11.11.14.
In 2072, in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America, biochemist Dr. Lorelei Fletcher hunts men.
In a world gone insane with hatred, somebody has to do it. Lorelei stalks them until they catch her. She doses them with a molecular cocktail (silently, painlessly, with a needle, to the neck) to tame them. Part of an improbable plan for peace, Lorelei works to drive humanity toward a future that’s female. Exclusively female.
Published by LMNO Press, in paperback and eBook, on 8.1.18.
My first children’s book: I LIKE TREES LIKE THESE
Hugs are durable. Trees are huggable. By special request from my granddaughter, here is a book about trees. Hug them. Love them. We cannot live without them. Perhaps the youngest generation will demand we stop paving paradise.
My first children’s book is full of glorious images and playful verse.
Published by LMNO Press on 12.1.18.
OUR SOUR FLOUR HOUR (my second children’s book)
Humorous exploration of rhyming words including those oddballs that refuse to rhyme like wood and food, sour and pour, cow and mow. For beginning readers and for the funny bone of parents who read aloud to their children.
Published by LMNO Press on 1.2.21.
FEEL THE MUSIC, a short story published in THE PETIGRU REVIEW, 2018 Volume 12
Experience an elementary school classroom through the senses of a blind music teacher.
Note from the submission judge about FEEL THE MUSIC: “A glorious piece. With elegance and optimism, this writer beautifully captured physical blindness. All in all, a beautiful piece that I will remember for years to come.”
Published by the South Carolina Writers Association, 10.20.18.
When scientists combine space exploration, genetic engineering, and time travel, the result is not a surprise to them. For the rest of us? It’ll all be explained from the perspective of an alien life form (ALF) brought back to near-Earth orbit. This story demands to be written, and requires a LOT of thinking and research. I’m already in love with the ALF. Watch out.
ADVICE FOR THE NOVICE KIDNAPPER
Rigby Melano, a forensic investigator, is abducted by 17-year-old Ray, a captor who isn’t qualified for the job. Ray has a deadbeat mother, no father, a best friend named Iodina, three younger siblings, and a missing girlfriend. Oh, and a furious woman ineffectively bound with duct tape in his trunk.
What started out as a plotted mystery-thriller has morphed into a coming-of-age YA tale from Ray’s perspective. Again, the characters have completely taken over. I swear, writing a book is just like reading one, except I get to choose the ending.
SCREENPLAYS of all my stories are in progress. By “in progress” I mean a combination of written files, scribbled notes, study and exploration and discussions of screenplay format, and long daydreamy walks where the “writing” occurs inside my head.
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