Sometimes a novel just begins itself, so I have to catch up to it in due process, and I spend the entirety of the adventure lost in the nuance of the characters, so that when it’s done even I don’t know where they end and I begin. Sometimes a novel burns itself so deeply into … Continue reading The Long Con [Excerpt]
My latest novel is equal parts coming of age story and mystery. It is fraught with controversies — some earned and others the product of gossip — and its main characters are not immune to any of it. In fact, the lynch pin that holds the entire book together is the frailty of everyone who … Continue reading Leaves in Fall: A Novel
December 23, 1996 (10:55 p.m.) – With Angela The whole of Maryland is quiet tonight, or at least it seems that way to me as I sit on this perfectly made bed and stare at the wall. It is nearly Christmas and I’m not with my family for the first time in my life. That … Continue reading Detours: A Pseudo-Excerpt
I finally got it! Yes, the new Stephanie Plum mystery arrived lock, stock and smoking barrels into the Utica Public Library for me. I honestly thought that with such a long waiting list I would still be waiting when school started up again in the fall, so for me this is like Christmas in July! … Continue reading Checked Out: Week 26
I remember when I first discovered the wizarding world created by JK Rowling, sometime after the release of The Goblet of Fire and before The Order of the Phoenix, and I wondered what all the fuss was about. There had been series before, and there would be series after, so I didn’t pay much attention to the one stirring up such a hornet’s nest (that one’s part of a favorite series too) at that time. I knew it had been banned, and I knew it had to do with witchcraft, but I had no idea how important it would come to be in my life. Not then.
You see, at the time I was going through an enormous move, a life-altering event that involved trust, faith, and maybe even a little bit of fear. Okay, definitely a lot of fear. For the first time in my life I was going out on a limb for what I felt deep down in my soul was love, something worth believing in so much that I was willing to uproot myself for it, and looking back on it, I’m oh so glad I did. But at the time it was all I could do to stop from getting hives (I got them anyway) during the process. The last thing on my mind was getting into a new series. Continue reading “I Wanted to Be Harry Potter”
Just in time for my book signing next month, my first ever collection of poetry has just been published on Amazon.com as a paperback and as an eBook. It is also available on barnesandnoble.com in eBook format. A poem is a series of words, emotions, and ideas, tightly crafted and put together in an order … Continue reading Objects: A Poetry Collection