Welcome to my little corner of the internet!
I am a 30-something writer currently living in Austin with the love of my life, three large dogs which equal about a dog-and-a-half too many for our little house, and one skitten who causes more trouble than all three dogs combined.
I’ve been writing pretty much as long as I can remember, but it’s been a long road to admit to myself that I actually want to write professionally. It’ll be an even longer road getting to the point that I can write even part time and still pay bills, but I know deep down that it is what I want, hell need, to do. Luckily I’m dating an amazing man who is onboard whole-heartedly with my writing, so it’s not quite as terrifying to contemplate moving from a day job to writing full time. It may take a few years to get there, but it’s nice to know he thinks it’s an option!
“The story is always better than your ability to write it.”
― Robin McKinley
I am a fan of the fantastical and far out there. Science fiction and fantasy have always littered my bookshelves, so it’s probably not a surprise that ended up being the genre I write in most often. I’ve dabbled in steampunk and post-apocalypse, some fairy tale retellings, some classical literature retellings, and there’s even a magical realism in the works, too. Mostly, everything I write will have at least a slight speculative/fanciful edge to it. That might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I just can’t resist writing out the wonder that comes to mind.
Currently, I’m hard at work polishing up an NA sci-fi novel with my fabulous #PitchWars mentor, Molly Lee. You’re likely to see lots of flailing for the next few months regarding that. It's an amazing opportunity - one I'll be getting into at length on the blog eventually!
While my debut novel is still in the midst of the Great Agent Hunt, I am already published in several anthologies with CHBB Publishing, as well as our own Herding Cats Press's Clichés for a Cause charity anthology series which I co-edit and contribute to. The next charity anthology is in the works so keep an eye out in January for announcements there too! If you’d like to support and/or purchase any of the anthologies I’m already in – just drop by the “Books” tab up at the top of the page. I’d love to hear what you think of my stories! What can I say – reviews are love.
And finally, and also under the Herding Cats umbrella, I'm part of the #MimosaThurday writerly podcast. If you want to hear some slightly tipsy writers talk at length about writing, fandom, and who knows what else (we take road trips down tangents), this is definitely the podcast for you. ;)
That's all I have for now. If you have any questions for me - feel free to toss them at me on any of my social media pages. I swear I don't bite!
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