Author's Published Works
Jacaranda - Gaia: Shadow & Breath Volume III.
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Rancho San Felipe is available in 11" by 9 1/4" hardcover through the publisher, New Myths Publishing. Discounts available for schools, libraries, bulk sales and other educational institutions.
You can find it at AMAZON,
Alice Genevieve Barnes, Gold Mines and Apple Pie
(an oral history), nonfiction, 1999
Alice Barnes was a pioneer woman in an era when much of the country had been settled and modernized. One of six siblings, Alice was born outside the Helvitia gold mine in 1906 in the mountain town of Julian, California. A founding member of the Women's Club, Triangle Club, and Stitch and Bitch Club, she lived in the same town for 90 years, taking a hand in its growth and development, witnessing the startling changes the 20th century brought to the world. Alice Barnes—Gold Mines and Apple Pie is an oral history, Alice's story told in her own words in interview format. Anyone with an interest in western history, San Diego County in particular, small towns, or Western Americana will find something to cheer for in Alice's story. Over 200 footnotes and 18 photo pages document the story.
Alice Barnes—Gold Mines and Apple Pie is available from New Myths Publishing for $20 plus $3.99 shipping and handling.
- Adam Clements is a talented insect sculptor but has much to learn. He has traveled thousands of miles in hopes of apprenticing for the Great Gajah-mada, but first he must impress the Hive’s director, the gorgeous Isabella.
Adam is good, but to be great he will need to overcome his fear wall: the fear of losing himself in the hive mind.
The premise of Insect Sculptor is intriguing and inventive. The sculptor forms a psychic link with a colony of insects, creating works of art with mass bugs. Adam can do much with his termites, commanding them to facilitate an elephant as his entrance test for Isabella. He quickly learns that his abilities are elementary compared to what Gajah-mada’s troop can do--even mimicing people so well they are passable as living humans.
A fact that has Adam questioning everything he sees.
You can find it at AMAZON
The Last Job ( Full Story Link )
Bewildering Stories, Issue #254, September 2007
Productivity is the ultimate goal--increased productivity equals increased wealth, but humans have reached their limits. Bots are the future, and Doug Haines is the Last American to have a job.
Reflection's Edge, September 2007 and Midnight Times, Winter 2009
A ghost story set in beautiful Nova Scotia. Ghost Lady said that Mary-Anne was born with a slide rule instead of a brain, meaning that she was practical and didn’t believe in magic or fey creatures. But when Mary-Anne hears Ghost Lady’s legend of the Mi’kmaq warrior and his bride, she is spun into a paranormal web which spans 14 years – from her young life in Charlotte’s Cove when Leviathan snatches away her best friend, until she returns years later to confront a ghost and a friend driven mad from loss.
Charlotte's Cove was accepted by both Reflection's Edge (September 2007 issue) and Midnight Times for its winter issue. I named it for my grandmother, Charlotte Moulton Mathis.
You can find it at www.reflectionsedge.com or www.midnighttimes.com.
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The last day of an affair, published in the 2008 San Diego Writer's Ink anthology. In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner says that details in fiction are "proofs." One of the reasons my stories have been improving over the last few years is that I allow more of my personal life to show in my fiction - thus it feels more authentic. I wrote The Photographer and the Balloon at a difficult time. It is my only story that I don't enjoy rereading from time to time. Nevertheless, it is a good one and I am proud that it is in San Diego Writer's Ink 2008 Anthology.
The story chronicles the last day of a love affair in Paris, France, as captured by a still photo. As a resident of Paris for eight years, a lot of me went into this story, memories, feelings, sensory input, truths and lies all melded together. As it should be in all good fiction.
The contact sheet hung orange in the safelight, like a shot from a Lauren Bacall movie, pre-restoration, two photos circled in grease pencil and cropped with crude strokes. He placed the test strip diagonally across the easel, shadowing all but one inch with cardboard to expose a small part. How many thousands of photos had he developed over the years with this same Beseler 67XLC? He slid a medium yellow filter into the enlarger, so the cobblestones and the shadows would stand out. This, he knew, was a great shot. He could nearly smell the musty age of Paris in the print.
The Fey Prison Warden (Full Story Link )
Aphelion Webzine, The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantacy, 2008
I once read about a prison in England which let its prisoners out at night in order to be able to pay rent. (Yes, prisoners had to pay room and board.) Some may have held legitimate jobs or had family members pay for them, but the assumption was that they would commit petty crimes to collect their dues. I have never found reference to this prison again and am not sure if it is a myth or not, however I took the concept and moved it to 20th century San Diego. The Warden, Brooder Maddick, is a half-giant, amateur detective who falls in love with an inmate. He is a very fun character and I may be writing about him in the future. This story was accepted in The Lamp-Post Literary Journal, a print magazine primarily dedicated to the work of C.S. Lewis, but never appeared there. I believe they stopped publication. Later, it was accepted and appeared in Aphelion.
You can find it at www.aphelion-webzine.com
Diggory and the Privileges of Man ( Full Story Link )
Fire Bugs asks the question: What if fire bugs were real? I wrote it after two major fires swept through the small town where I grew up, destroying one home in three.
The Witch Fire waltzed across California and destroyed 1,650 houses, sweeping across much the same ground the Cedar Fire had blackened four years earlier. The farmer’s fence posts burned and his fences fell. His barn crumpled and his burned-out tractor looked like the husk of an insect. No one knew exactly what caused the blaze, though it appeared to be a copycat incident. A transformer had exploded nearby setting the brush afire, and within hours flames had sprung up in a half dozen areas throughout southern California...
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In 1864, at loose ends between gold strikes, Newell takes a job shearing and castrating sheep on the Stanton Ranch, a sand and chaparral wasteland hundreds of miles from nowhere. When the owner's wife arrives from the orient, full of seduction and spirit magic, Newell's ride takes a turn down the dusty trail to hell. Can he get off the trail in time?
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Author's Forthcoming Work
The Mark of Blackfriar Street
The bounty hunter picked up the shapeshifted mark on a hunch--the man must be running from something, and a runner always meant a bounty of some kind. Only, the bounty hunter never expected how many people were after the mark. Dangerous people. What crime had the mark committed? Who was hiding behind the temporary form? And most importantly, why did it feel like the bounty hunter had given control of the chase over to the very mark he intended to turn in?
A tense, dread-filled story, "The Mark of Blackfriar Street" is a thriller in the best tradition of Vertigo and The Thirty-nine Steps.