Welcome to my website! I write short stories, essays, nonfiction books & novels. You can see published examples of the first three categories, and an introduction to my novel, at the menu links above. News about my most recently published projects is below.
My story "Taking It Back" is the first piece in Upper Rubber Boot Books' just-published anthology Broad Knowledge, the second installment in their 'Women Up To No Good' series. "Taking It Back" traces the unexpectedly dangerous social, political and existential effects of an invention allowing the user to travel back in time up to 50 … Continue reading Be careful what you wish for
"Whatever You Say," my short satire (or possibly slice-of-life story) about the ups and downs of freelance writing for hire, is available to read free on the website of The Invisible Worker zine. The whole magazine, which can be read free on their homepage, raises interesting questions about how the online gig economy changes the … Continue reading Another kind of writing…
My short story "Come Again" is available to read free at Metapsychosis. It's about churches, strangers, and what we might imagine to be good news. I think it may be particularly for people who are (as I am) or who have been Christian. I did write it with love for my Christian friends and for … Continue reading What would Jesus do?
I’ve just been rereading other people’s pieces in “Alternative Theologies: Parables for a Modern World.” Two pieces particularly speak to me: Megan Bee’s poem “Dear Mary, are you there?” evokes the raw reality of grief, and the ways in which well-meaning religious words of comfort can just rub that rawer. (Reminds me a little bit, … Continue reading Alternative Theologies, part II:
"Alternative Theologies: Parables for the Modern World," which includes my "Open Letter to the Christian Right," is now available from B Cubed Press. I don’t know how to be openly Christian in the US today. This isn’t because Christians are being persecuted by godless liberals or cultural Marxists. It’s because ‘Christianity’ is being invoked to … Continue reading Alternative Theologies
Normal Deviation is now out in the world and ready to read! Each story in the collection was inspired by the picture above. As the editors put it, "The stories include absurd aliens, philosophical questions about life and death, Death itself, befuddled activists, prophecies, and post-apocalyptic pigs." The befuddled activists show up in my story … Continue reading Normal Deviation is now in print
I have an odd little speculative political fable coming out in the Normal Deviation fiction anthology, which is now Kickstarting. I've often complained about the covers of speculative fiction books and magazines. But this cover image fits the stories perfectly, because they were all written to describe it. The submissions call asked us to briefly … Continue reading A most peculiar picture