Future Fliers
A Little About Me...
I am a Pacific Northwest writer of speculative fiction and creative non-fiction. A first novel, Quick Fall of Light, was published in 2010 by Gray Dog Press. The story of a devastating bird flu pandemic, the book was awarded the Silver Award for Science Fiction by Foreword Reviews in 2010.

I'm presently working on finalizing a non-fiction project about Amelia Earhart. Earhart's courageous and sometimes outrageous flying technique has always fascinated me, a pilot myself. The outcome has been a close look at the legendary woman and what it meant to my own time in the air as a young flier.

Currently residing in Eastern Washington with my husband, I have a special fondness for dogs and the wildlands that are the backdrop for some of my writing. I was raised next to a large tract of woods in childhood, something that stayed with me and often accompanies me into story. Also, as a breast cancer survivor, I've long considered writing a novel about some aspect of that disease, as we've lost a daughter to it as well. The rudimentary beginnings of a next novel are of a dog, a young woman with cancer, and an especially ancient, nearly forgotten cure, the likes of which will take the world to the brink of an astonishing medical breakthrough.

...In The Works...
Ancestral: A novel of the power of lineage, both human and bird, and of beings who have mysteriously guided our world throughout time. Speculative with a touch of magical realism, the story is revealed most by a woman wildlife tracker, who begins her journey among California Condors, birds steeped in ancient and deadly mystery, and the rudiments of a prophesy ready to unfold. Undergoing a final edit, the book takes on a new effort this year.

Current Project: After once reading that ancient Greeks may well have forgotten (or destroyed) more human medicine than we'll ever know, I've wanted to write the story of a remarkable animal that once existed in their culture. Reportedly a dog of great and unusual strength made its way into their writings, of which we still know very little. I'll be exploring this speculatively in the novel straight ahead.

For A Contest: I recently submitted a short story about a forester and his wife and their unusual traumatic episode with a lone tree. The story is based loosely on current speculation about communication between trees, especially endangered ones. This project takes it one step further. . . could there be reason to believe, especially in times of climate crisis, there is communication between trees and humans as well?
April 12th 2018