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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!

My current project is a fantasy quartet, The Arisen Worlds. Book 2, Stranger in the Twisted Realm, is now on sale, and Book 3, Servant of the Lost Power, is on pre-order for a February 20, 2024 release. Book 4, soon thereafter! A tag line for the series that 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.


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 squirreled away in a file. I have walked away from a major publisher, killed a dog in a story, (boy, did I hear about that one!) and once published a novel in which I said that Vancouver was in northwest Canada.

I'm a founding member of a writing organization that is now in its seventeenth year of helping aspiring writers: Write on the River in Wenatchee, Washington. We have zoom workshops as well as in-person events and are firmly integrated into the arts community here in Wenatchee.

My husband and I have three children and a large tabby cat, Winston. (See picture, above.)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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Stranger in the Twisted Realm, Book 2
Cover of Stranger in the Twisted Realm, Book 2 of The Arisen Worlds. A woman stands on a veranda leaning into the railing, looking longingly at the city below.

A high fantasy of myth, multiple realms, and the crossings that connect them.

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