Choose Death, fiction, March 1, 2014
Birthdate? April 18, 1969
When did you start writing? I’ve written for business my entire professional life (legal briefs, contracts and advertising copy), but I began devoting significant energy to fiction in 2007, when I joined a local writer’s group.
When and what and where did you first get published? “Choose Death” in New Myths is my first published fiction.
What themes do you like to write about? I enjoy writing about family bonds/conflicts. Divine intervention also threads through much of my fiction.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Charles de Lint is my favorite author. In his urban fantasy, the mythical characters are ones I want to believe in, and his human characters are ones I would love to have as friends. He often deals with gritty subjects in a way that makes me appreciate the good things in my life. My writing also focuses on normal people dealing with familiar life challenges, but with a touch of strange.
OK, a lot of strange.
I am the president of Team Dynamics, a small corporation in Ohio. Prior to that, I practiced business law in California. Married with three grown step-children and an embarrassing number of cats, I’ve promised my husband that I will no longer volunteer at the Humane Society, as our home has reached its maximum capacity for paws. When I’m not working or writing, I’m usually riding my motorcycle (a Vulcan Mean Streak 1500), drawing or at the gym.