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In addition to a career as a newspaper editor, publisher, and manager, I’ve written fiction most of my life. The newspaper biz has taken my family and me from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina and Texas, and from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town kid, I’m as comfortable in Tokyo or Tuna, Texas. I now reside in Wisconsin, where I manage a group of community newspapers. The variety of places I’ve lived and visited serve as settings for the characters who invade my head.
I’ve had a dozen short stories published in several print anthologies and e-zines, and several articles on the craft of writing fiction. My two novels, Hannah’s Voice and Carry Me Away, were published by Evolved Publishing in 2013. Novel number three, Turning Trixie, will be out in 2016.
I also edit fiction and non-fiction books for authors from around the world. It helps that I’m fluent in five languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and Australian English, plus my native language, Texan.
Watch for Turning Trixie, coming in 2016.
Trixie Burnett, a 23-year-old single mom and the only prostitute in the small northeast Texas town of Pineywoods, knows the winning lottery ticket in her purse is about to change things forever. She retires from the world’s oldest profession and seeks a new life for herself and her eight-year-old son, Tyler. Trouble starts when she decides the rest of the town needs changing too.
Trixie never finished high school, but she has the Internet, an accountant to manage her newfound wealth, and a ranch hand with biceps hard as rocks and a heart soft as homemade bread. She seeks a welcoming church where she can put her tithes and offerings to good use in the Lord’s service, a new home in town to replace the rundown farmhouse she inherited from her father, and another new house to get her mother out of a meth-infested trailer park. With most of her money invested, she only splurges on a new car, a new bike for Tyler, a new hairdo, and a new wardrobe appropriate for joining the Ladies’ Society Circle.
But reputations and attitudes don’t change as easily as bank accounts or hairstyles. Seems everyone in town has something to hide, and movers and shakers don’t give up their positions easily. Some will stop at nothing to protect their power, especially from a hooker-turned-philanthropist who knows their most intimate, embarrassing secrets and now dares to enter their sanctuaries.