…Helping Authors Make Their Work Shine…
My love of reading started early, before I can remember, but my obsession began with R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. In my teens, I graduated to Clive Barker, to my mom’s dismay. One year, a copy of his Books of Blood was all I wanted for Christmas. Though my mom may not have agreed with my preferences, she always accepted me for who I was, and encouraged me to be that person. She saw me through my brief Anne Rice Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned phase, my Stephen King’s Dark Tower phase, and my Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth phase. (And the trilogy that shall not be named, the one with sparkly vamps. What? It was a phase!) It shouldn’t have come as any surprise that I’d write a few stories of my own someday. Speaking of which….
In March 2013, my youngest daughter was born. I’d worked full-time jobs while my older two children stayed with a sitter, but decided to stay home with the last one. With much more time on my hands than I’d expected, I took an online writing class, out of which a whole new world opened up for me. At the encouragement of our instructor, I started a blog and started tweeting. Within months, I’d found lots of new connections, people who were also pursuing this writing thing. Within a year or so, I’d started publishing my own short works.
Now, four years later, I’ve finally nailed down my voice and style. I love stories with paranormal elements, especially those that relate to the afterlife or alternate biblical histories, the darker the better. I also have a soft spot for romance, thanks to Grandma.
In 2014, I eased into editing. A critique group made its way onto my priority list. If a writer buddy needed a beta read, I jumped at the chance to apply a critical eye as well as positive reinforcement to the task. With every project I worked on, whether writing or offering constructive criticism, I aimed to improve my craft as I helped my fellow author. Becoming an editor wasn’t my goal, but as I learned more about the mechanics of writing, a natural evolution occurred. My editing skills grew at a much more rapid pace than my writing skills did.
Since 2014, I’ve edited countless anthologies, novels, and independent short works from various authors. I wish I had counted. That number would be pretty handy right about now. My primary focus is on speculative fiction, but I’m also interested in women’s fiction and romance.
Featured Books Edited by
ALL THE TOMORROWS
Family Saga /
Literary Fiction /
Akash wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. When Jaya, his new wife, discovers he is having an affair, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Best Women’s Fiction
“Replete with hard lessons, determined dreams, and illusions and realities surrounding love and relationships, All the Tomorrows is a gripping saga set under the sweltering heat of not just India, but hearts on fire. It’s an involving story of the tides and trajectories of love which will especially intrigue readers looking for more than a light dose of Indian cultural insight.” ~ Midwest Book Review
Literary Fiction /
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.
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.
“A captivating story… a fantastic storyteller with an appealing writing style… a beautiful book.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (5 Stars)
“A beautiful story… incredible storyline. Hop on the Robb Grindstaff bandwagon.” ~ Feathered Quill
IT DOESN’T HAVE
TO BE THAT WAY
Literary Fiction /
Molly Dolan, an insecure twenty-something woman, spends most days ricocheting between hope and despair.
2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition
“This book is not to be missed. But before you start, it might be a good idea to put on your Jim Croce album—the chapter titles are his songs. This book is simply… well… fabulous!” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Jon Michael Miller
“…Women’s fiction at its best… highly recommended for readers who like their characters realistic, warm, and thoroughly engrossing.” ~ Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
THE COLD ROOM
Horror / Paranormal /
A Dark Night Thriller –
Something dark and dangerous resides in Karen’s new home, and it wants her gone.
“I was pretty blown away by this story. It was full of twists and turns that I never saw coming. Plus, it had a steamy, romantic side infused into the pages which made me cheer the main couple on. Karen and Joel seemed like the average couple who fell in love because they lived in the same area around a Lake in Michigan. In the dead of winter, these two’s passion becomes entangled with something insidious lurking in Joel’s house. Karen tries to uncover the mystery, and ends up neck deep in a mystery that spans lifetimes where a cold blooded killer with brilliant green eyes become set on her demise. Scary, right?” ~ Voracious Reviews