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