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.
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
I've just now found out that my fantasy/fable "Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On," which is more or less about painful memories, magical transformations and complex healing with a side of craft fairs, small-town curiosity and Shakespeare, was published in Mythic Magazine #8 back in January. I've always been interested in the complicated stories … Continue reading Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I’m finding it difficult to be openly Christian in America today. I’ve heard some of you say that this is hard because Christians are being persecuted. I haven’t experienced persecution. I’m just struggling with the ways in which I hear my faith being used to hurt the very people … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Christian Right in America
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: