Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
I’m a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places. Born and raised in Illinois, my past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa. I draw on my experiences to tell the stories of those around me, with a generous heaping of “what if” thrown in.
Growing up, I preferred books to people, and fortunately the library down the road indulged my introversion/misanthropy. I’d read any genre, as long as the story had relatable characters and left me thinking about what I’d read days, even years later. This has stuck with me, and it’s something I aim for in my own works: Love my characters or hate them, just as long as my stories leave you feeling something or seeing the world in a new perspective.
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YOURS TO KEEP
OR THROW ASIDE
When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.
“Redemption. This was the first word that occurred to me with the last sentence of the book. Redemption for what we’ve done; redemption from what we’ve suffered. …a touching story of two people struggling to find their place in life and their true self, two souls which have suffered more than enough, two human beings who have discovered that we are the loneliest in our darkest hours.” ~ Tsvetalina Baykusheva
“This book left me feeling both happy and depressed. …There was a point early on in the book where there was no turning back and I could not put it down. …It stuck with me, so much so that I had to hound my best friend to read it so we could discuss it. It would be a great book club selection, and the author even includes some questions for discussion.” ~ Charlie
THE FUTILITY OF
LOVING A SOLDIER
Anthology / Military Fiction /
Literary Fiction / Women’s Fiction
Eleven compelling stories that explore the physical and psychological effects of combat, both on those who serve and those back home.
Serenity (A Navy Vet…VT town, and an Amazon Top 500 Reviewer), says: “This is an outstanding collection of stories about veterans of wars. WW I, Nam, WW II, Desert Storm and more. All of them will tug at your heart and make you realize that some vets never get over the traumatic events of war (or their service).”
IndMind says, “Strong writing that resists the temptation to stick to the usual narrative. A look at the effect of the returning warrior’s experience on the family, in a way that many of us can relate to and in some ways a cathartic way.”
Jeff Suwak says, “I had to stop reading this and set the book down a couple times. I had five combat deployments and was married through all of them. Over the years, I’ve read many accounts of soldier life that were hollow and inauthentic, sometimes insultingly so. But, this collection hit home in many ways. I wouldn’t say it was a fun read, but it was often a powerful one. It brought up a lot of emotions, but ultimately in a cathartic way.”