I am the author of the novella Pawn to Queen (Arsenal Press) and Fiction Editing: A Writer’s Roadmap (Lucid Editions). My novella What Really Happened took third place in the 2018 International 3-Day Novel Contest, and my historical novel Inventing Paris was a finalist for the 2015 Outstanding New Novel Award from the Historical Novel Society. I have an MFA in Writing from Oregon’s Pacific University, where I was mentored by some of America’s finest writers, particularly the great Benjamin Percy, as well as the amazing Claire Davis and the lovely Craig Lesley. I was the lucky recipient of a June Dodge Fellowship in fiction at Mineral School Residency in 2016. My non-fiction has appeared in WordWorks and in blog posts here and here.
I am drawn to flawed protagonists and have a special interest in greed and addiction. My interests include Victorian times, Meiji Japan, La Belle Époque and Hollywood Noir. I’m into gadgets, cameras, optical toys, physiological machines and the birth of motion pictures. My writing prowls the territory of alternative medicine, the power of thought, and outsiders.
An avid traveler, I have circumnavigated the globe twice (or maybe three times). I am also a train freak and have traveled by rail in China, Outer Mongolia, Russia, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Canada, Australia and the USA.
I am represented by the Wendy Schmalz Agency.