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 books:
My debut novel: OR NOT TO BE
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.
INFINITY LINE (complete, revised, on submission for representation)
In 2072, in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America, biochemist Dr. Lorelei Worthington hunts men.
No lab confines this researcher; Lorelei collects her male specimens in the wild. She doses them, without their knowledge or consent, with a needle. In the neck. It’s tricky needlework, but she has a knack for it. And her grantor pays her lab a mountain of money to do it.
But when she doses Number 93, who turns out to be one of the governor’s men, it all comes crashing down. Lorelei finds herself trapped between a hopelessly violent world and her benefactor’s incessant drive toward a future that’s female. Exclusively female.
~80,000 words, 17 revisions so far, querying in a tight and carefully selected arc.)
Inspired by this mother’s fury during ten hours when my daughter was hiding from an active shooter on her college campus, INFINITY LINE blows my socks off.
Another book showed up: ADVICE FOR THE NOVICE KIDNAPPER
(In progress) 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.
Simultaneously writing a new book: working title is THE MOONS
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.
A children’s book: OUR SOUR FLOUR HOUR (in progress)
Humorous exploration of rhyming words including those oddballs that refuse to rhyme. Might just illustrate this one myself. Feeling quite creative lately.
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