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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write science fiction and fantasy. I've sometimes been told I don't look like the type, which always seems like a peculiar thing to say. What does an SFF author look like? Perhaps a little wild-eyed? A lot of hair that won't settle into place? Wearing outfits that no one else dares to?
Well, that is not me. I am curious about how people think, and what they'd do if placed in strange situations or incredible adventures. I love a carefully crafted tale that subverts my expectations and is deeply entertaining. I also love literary fiction and never lose hope that the story will be be about something. Like a lot of writers I am a bit introverted, thus long hours in the writing den is heaven to me. I get to hang out with other writers in my bi-monthly online chat, "Boost Your Writing Chops." I do a small bit on some aspect of writing fiction and answer questions. Check it out at writeontheriver.org!
My current project is a fantasy quartet, beginning with The Girl Who Fell Into Myth. It's on sale March 1. A tag line I sometimes use: There are hidden worlds—real worlds—that arose from myth. These kingdoms, such as the realms of witches and the elven, exist side-by-side with the modern world. Outsiders are forbidden to enter. Except for one woman, who is commanded to come. I'm already done with the sequel, Stranger in the Twisted Realm, which is now on preorder.
Every career has highs and lows. For example, I have been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award (Maximum Ice) and had a series optioned for film (The Dark Talents). I have abandoned no less than three novels and two elaborate concept treatments. I also brought one of them back to life after four years. I have walked away from a major publisher, killed a dog in a story, and once published a novel in which I said that Vancouver was in northwest Canada.
I'm a founding member of a small writing organization that is now in its sixteenth year of helping aspiring writers. This is the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington. We have zoom workshops as well as in-person events. While online events have their limitations, I'm enjoying the geographical reach of these meet-ups, and how convenient it is to talk with other writers in my own den!
My husband and I have three children and a large tabby cat, Winston. We (husband and I) have a mutual love of science fiction and fantasy, history (thus the cat's name) and science. I have never been the sporty type, but have been known to play a round of golf. I am inordinately fond of road trips and in a banner year once went to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Not much writing got done. That felt both guilty and immensely freeing.
I am back in the trenches now.
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The Girl Who Fell Into Myth, Book 1
A high fantasy of myth, multiple realms, and the crossings that connect them.
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