About

About

I am an as-yet-unpublished author of Young Adult (YA) and Children’s fiction represented by Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency.

My YA work blends LGBT characters with Appalachian settings. I wrote my first book, Welcome to Straightville, in 2008 and am currently working on a 2018 revision. I’ve written two other YA books, Blades of Grass and The Art Project. I also have a free e-read available now called One Way In. It’s a short prequel to Straightville and part of Brent Hartinger’s Real Story Safe Sex Project, which was designed to showcase characters making safe choices during sexual situations.

I recently completed a children’s picture book manuscript called A Chicken in the City, quite a departure from my YA work, but a load of fun to write. You can learn more about all of these projects on my Books page.

I was born and raised in Appalachia, which, as I said, is where I set my books. I do this partly because it’s what I know, but more so because it’s an underrepresented part of our country. And when it is represented, it’s often done so by playing to negative stereotypes. I find that highly annoying.

I began writing creatively at the age of 13, cutting my teeth with poetry, then moving on to short fiction, and dabbling in screenwriting before landing in the illustrious world of fiction. For more about my life and work, try following me on Twitter or Facebook or exploring this site some more.

Tidbits:

  • For 20 years, I’ve operated a website for the Golden Girls spinoff series, Empty Nest. It’s led to some pretty cool stuff, like these interviews.
  • I love folkie singer-songwriter music, i.e. Rosanne Cash, Shovels & Rope, Patty Griffin, Leagues, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper. (Okay, Cyn isn’t folkie, but she is a singer-songwriter.)
  • I’ve seen Joan Osborne in concert six times.
  • I have never, ever, played Checkers.
  • I have a master’s degree in marketing.
  • I’m close, personal friends with Cloris Leachman. That photo proves it, right?
  • I secretly prefer the Cloris years of The Facts of Life to the Charlotte Rae years. Don’t tell anybody.
  • The Wizard of Oz is the best movie ever made.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is the best book ever written.
  • I went to the animal shelter to adopt a dog and came home with two orange cat sisters. I work for them now.
  • I have a big-ass tattoo of an antique typewriter on my right arm, from elbow to shoulder blade.
  • I should be writing instead of doing this.