tough-mauve-kindleI DID IT!

After querying more than a hundred agents for my YA novel, and getting some interest and words of encouragement but no offers of representation, I decided to self-publish.

Oh, what a feeling.

The physical proof will be in my greedy little hands in two days. I’ll have the book for sale on Amazon and my local bookstore within a week or so.

We’ll see how it goes. Continue reading


Tough Mauve (intro)

Lucinda Louise Maxwell has been through some shit. Her happy normal teenage existence in the North Carolina mountains is shattered on Christmas Eve, 2009, when her mother and stepfather die in a freak accident. Luckily for her she has her father, and she goes to live with him and his wife in Boston. Unprepared for the arrival of a precocious 15-year-old girl in their lives, they quickly ship her back home. Well, a hundred miles or so from home. But it’s OK, she believes she’ll be attending a prestigious boarding school. Continue reading

The Truth is Hard to Tell (intro)

Jennie is a good person. Really. She tries so very hard to be a godly woman, loving mother, attractive wife, attentive neighbor and dutiful sister, stepmother, daughter, and aunt. The problem is that everyone keeps getting in the way of her success. If it weren’t for circumstances and, well, people, she could be just about perfect. Echoed by the fall of the Twin Towers, her world comes crashing down as she tries to make sense of her projections and preconceptions. Sadly, heroic action does not always follow good intentions.

At 61,000 words, The Truth is Hard to Tell is set in Charleston, SC, in September of 2001. Within the matryoshka structure are the interrelated stories of eight characters that together form one complete narrative. This is slightly dark, upmarket adult fiction with book club potential. Continue reading