Short Story Published in Stirring: A Literary Collection

I am delighted that my short story, “Neat Life With Scars,” has been published in the May 2016 issue of Stirring: A Literary Collective. Stirring is a monthly literary magazine that publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography. Read Stirring: A Literary Collection Read "Neat Life With Scars"        Read more

Essay Published in Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal

I am thrilled that my essay, “Peeling Away the Mask,” has been published in Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal. Rkvry, an online journal edited by Mary Akers, publishes essays, poetry, fiction, and art. The Spring 2016 “Hurricane” issue is beautifully illustrated by Lori McNamara. Read Rkvry Read "Peeling Away the Mask"      Read more

Short Story Published in The Penmen Review

I am so pleased that my short story, “Blue Recliner,” has been published in The Penmen Review, Southern New Hampshire University’s online literary journal. In addition to short stories, The Penmen Review publishes poetry, essays, and book and script excerpts.    Read more

Short Story Published in The Tower Journal

I am happy that The Tower Journal has published “Finer Than Frog’s Hair,” one of my short stories. The Tower Journal, edited by Mary Ann Sullivan, is an online journal that publishes poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and art. This edition features writers from Ireland, Lebanon, Turkey, Belgium, India, the Philippines, and the United States. Read The Tower Journal Read “Finer Than Frog’s Hair”Read more

Short Story Published in Dreamstreets

I am delighted that my short story, “Fresh Start,” has been published in Dreamstreets. Launched in 1977 by John Hickey in Delaware, Dreamstreets is an artist magazine. This Special Edition of Dreamstreets, edited by Steven Leech, contains original art, fiction, and poetry.Read more


On May 28, I was invited to discuss my middle grade novel – What Have You Got to Lose? –  with Ms. Monzo’s fifth grade class in the Fairfax County Public Schools. What a treat for me to hear the students’ comments on the novel as well as their questions about how I came up with the characters and the storyline. I find it both exhilarating and helpful to learn from readers what characters and incidents made the biggest impression. Many thanks to these fifth graders and their teachers for inviting me into…Read more

YouTube Clip of Reading in San Francisco

Here’s a YouTube clip of my reading of an excerpt from my short story, "Fresh Start," at the 2015 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition Reading in San Francisco. I am delighted that "Fresh Start" is set to be published this summer in Dreamstreets.  Read more

Reading in San Francisco

On March 29, I read an excerpt from my short story, "Fresh Start," at the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition Reading held in the San Francisco Main Library. Writers came from all over the United States and from Canada to read their winning poetry and prose. Kudos to Eileen Malone for founding the competition and hosting this annual event for the past twenty-two years.  Read more

Looking for an Agent for My Middle-Grade Novel

I am looking for an agent for my middle-grade novel, What Have You Got to Lose? Jenni Batson, the narrator of What Have You Got to Lose?, is convinced that her grandmother will be making the biggest mistake of her life if she marries Mr. Doolin.  While Mr. Doolin is certainly no hottie, the main thing that concerns Jenni about him is that his grandson, Jarrett Doolin, lives with him. Jenni and her twin brother, Werner, are fifth graders at Kennerly Elementary School in Kennerly, Arkansas, and Jarrett Doolin is the one boy…Read more