Success: The Story of an Unnamed Young Woman Who Sold Her Soul to the Devil

This short story was recently published in the pandemic-themed Volume 4 of SHIFT, a publication of MTSU Write. Thank you SHIFT for including this story! It was one of my favorites to work on, and I'm delighted to share it here for the first time. Enjoy! Success It happened in October of 2020. Of course… Continue reading Success: The Story of an Unnamed Young Woman Who Sold Her Soul to the Devil

Tension and Home Place: The Choice to Leave or to Stay

Donnie Rosie Pennsylvania Sheep Countryside

So often in movies, in TV, in novels, in the stories of ordinary people, the choice between the big city and small town, or suburbia and a tight-knit village, or a life of adventure and a life of contentment, is a clear-cut, obvious choice. It is a simple binary, an easy moral decision. The flavor that the individual story may take is different, but the message is the same: you can't have both options; you must pick one.

News: Book Cover Reveal!

My upcoming novel, And It All Came Tumbling Down, has a cover! When I first saw this image by local photographer Greg Clary, I was captivated. The picture brings to mind themes of post-industrialism, the pull of the past and the lure of the future, ideas of escape and moving on. The remoteness of nature,… Continue reading News: Book Cover Reveal!

(Long Overdue) News: Debut Novel Publication!

It's high time for me to announce some belated good news here! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, or if you've looked around the site, you probably know, but if not, here it is: My first novel is getting published! Over the past few weeks. I've been working with the lovely folks at… Continue reading (Long Overdue) News: Debut Novel Publication!

Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 4: Avoiding Monetization

What is feeding my creative soul? For the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring different ways of living a more creative life, feeding my creative soul instead of merely expecting myself to produce creative work from a vacuum. After a season of busyness, following a year and a half of general uncertainty, it’s especially hard… Continue reading Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 4: Avoiding Monetization

News Break: Publication in the Marathon Literary Review

I want to pause my series on Habits to Feed the Creative Soul, and announce that a short story of mine, "The Juniper Bushes," was recently published in the Marathon Literary Review! I'm so proud of this story, and delighted that it found a home with Marathon Literary. Click here to check it out! (Photo… Continue reading News Break: Publication in the Marathon Literary Review

Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 3: Tactile Creativity

What is feeding my creative soul? I’ve been asking myself this a lot recently. After a season of busyness, following a year and a half of general uncertainty, it’s especially hard to get back in touch with what truly nourishes the soul. But there are some habits I’m working on over the next few months… Continue reading Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 3: Tactile Creativity

Craft: Why is Fiction Important?

When I was younger, I thought the only books worth reading at all were fiction books. After all, who wants to waste their time not being swept up in another world? What's the point of reading if you can't suspend disbelief and experience a different reality? I assumed all nonfiction books were either dusty trade… Continue reading Craft: Why is Fiction Important?