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 short science fiction story "As An Absence," which looks at how our ideas of work, community, story and self change as we spend more time online, was featured in the June issue of New Orbit Magazine, which regularly publishes collections of "uncomfortable little futures." They also published my essay on the same subjects, but … Continue reading As An Absence
This story was originally published in Mythic Magazine, Issue #1, in December 2016. It's been running through my mind again as many people in my nation celebrate the death of someone we call a terrorist--someone whose (very real and terrible) crimes we see as inexcusable because they were not committed in our interest. It would be quite … Continue reading Humanity: a cautionary tale
Mysterion just published my historical fantasy story "Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask," in which three girls in a medieval English village discover that they have the perfect faith which makes prayer fully effective... and that they, their neighbors, and the local religious and civil authorities are not at all prepared for the consequences of that prayer. … Continue reading Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask…: A Perilous Promise
is available for pre-order on Amazon. Its eight speculative stories about family cover a wide variety of settings (historical, present-day, future, secondary world), tones (earnest, witty, gritty) and family dynamics (some resemble the March family, others the Lear family) but I find them all well-written and thought-provoking. Also all family-friendly in the sense of not … Continue reading The Wand that Rocks the Cradle
This anthology deals with the pain, the surprises, and, in some cases, the gifts that can come with all kinds of loss: of loved ones, home, memory, weight, certainties, roles.... from a wide range of perspectives. I was pleasantly surprised both by the breadth and scope of the book and by how connected it still … Continue reading On Loss
Uffda Press is re-releasing "King of Ages," the peculiar Arthurian anthology in which my story "She Who Makes Us Free" appeared four years ago, and today (Friday 8/2) it's free on Kindle. The anthology premise was that an Arthur figure--someone idealistic charismatic, and capable of uniting disparate and hostile groups to confront a shared threat--is … Continue reading a trip back in time…
The Kickstarter for Oren Litwin's anthology "The Wand that Rocks the Cradle: Magical Stories of Family," which will include one of my stories, has just gone live. I liked the call, which seemed to solicit stories that were thoughtful and not entirely hopeless; I was grateful for Litwin's taking time to clarify that his preference … Continue reading A new Kickstarter and some thought-provoking family fantasy stories