I presume if you came all the way out here to my website, you’re looking to find out more than the usual anonymous ‘canned’ biography. So, okay… Here’s the dirt. Who -is- this crazy lady who writes doorstoppers about genetically engineered super-soldier angels, literary fiction about horses, and unapologetically breaks all of the rules about book length and characters and genre?
Question: Which is better … Star Trek or Star Wars?
Me: They both rock! Let’s give Captain Kirk a lightsabre!!!
I live on the Utopian sandbar known as Cape Cod with my wonderful husband and three beautiful kids, plus an older daughter from a prior marriage who did a stint in the U.S. Army (go ARMY!!!) and two fantastic step-kids. My ‘day job’ is attorney, but I only work part-time these days because practicing law and being a mom (especially when you enjoy blood sport as much as I do) are not mutually compatible endeavors. The legal profession is unforgiving to the needs of motherhood, so something had to ‘give’ and it wasn’t going to be my kids.
Like many of you, I was picked on when I was younger, so now my three youngest children and I all study USA Urban GoJu Karate with a wonderful Sensei who tolerates my occasionally hijacking class to reality-test the action in a battle scene. Right now I’m still a brown belt, but I hope to attain my black belt really soon. I know how to wield a pair of Okinawan Sais reasonably well, can use a bo-staff well enough to not get clubbed over the head, and to a lesser extent I can wield a sword (though not well … yet). I also take gymnastics lessons once a week at the same place my kids compete so I can embarrass them in front of their friends. I’m a terrible gymnast! But it was on my bucket list and, hey, I really enjoy it?
I’m also a mega Science Fiction & Fantasy geek who likes to LARP (Live Action Role Play) and go to conventions dressed up as my favorite superheroine. I’ve gotten into Steampunk and Cyberpunk lately, especially that strain which focuses on speculative Victorian-era through World War II technology. One of these days I –will- write that Time-Travel Steampunk Alien-Invasion Cowgirl Post-Apocalyptic Western that’s been hopping around in the back of my head. I also volunteer for my local town Emergency Management department as an ARES amateur ‘ham’ radio operator which my tech-savvy husband laughs at, but when you live at sea-level, being on good terms with the guy with the rowboat just makes good sense! 146.955 is our local repeater … and I ain’t gonna say anything more about that (Easter egg).
I ‘published’ my first book in the fourth grade, a horror novel called ‘The Spook Cellar’ about a black cat and a chicken that went into a spooky basement. Alas, it went out of print when I lost my one-and-only copy, but my second book, called ‘Buffy and Miffy’ still survives. That book was also about a black cat and a chicken who overcame prejudice to become friends. They say ‘write what you know,’ so I guess it won’t take a rocket scientist to figure out I had a black cat and chickens at that age! I also won my first literary award that year for best fifth-grade poetry statewide. I still remember the poem even though the paper copy has long ago been lost:
A coyote is a wonderful thing,
That has pups in the spring.
A coyote has a needle nose,
And doesn’t sit around and pose,
A coyote, so pretty, is not a pet,
But he’s one of God’s creatures, don’t forget
Yeah … in addition to a black cat and chickens, I had a shepherd-collie mix named ‘killer’ who looked like a, guess what? [*Audience whispers ‘A coyote…’*] Anyways, it’s a good thing I didn’t quit my day-job, huh? Or in that case, the fifth grade? I still have my five shiny silver dollars someplace, though, which back then was a lot of money. It encouraged me to keep writing and stay in school which, given my family background, wasn’t a given.
I went back to college late in life to get my bachelor’s degree and then my law degree, with a focus on corporate law (Zzzzz…..). When you’re an attorney, you learn to handle these complex legal cases with not-so-very-nice people and lots of moving parts, so when my third kid came along and had ‘issues’ which forced me to cut back working 120 hours a week, I started climbing the walls. Writing is my therapy, the way I grind axes and cope with societal issues that strike me as unfair, that even as an attorney I have no power to change, but if you hold those issues out into the light of day and make them human, it makes people go ‘ah-hah!’ Writing gives me that second bite of the apple that you otherwise wouldn’t get in court. I plead the fifth about any resemblance any of my characters may have to actual, irritating opposing parties and legal counsel…
I’m blessed to have found a wonderful, wacky group of writers just like me, the Plot Bunnies & Edit Demons. That’s us, dressed up for our NaNoWriMo kickoff party. Yeah … we’re all kinda weird. But we have a lot of fun.
So, that’s enough about me…
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