Works in Progress
Though I found my stride quite readily by offering services as a freelance writer and freelance editor, my path as an author continues to evolve. I am currently submitting articles and stories to magazines and literary journals for publication consideration. One day, I plan to write psychological fiction and memoir. In the meantime, I am working on an author’s guide to book clubs that will be available to subscribers mid-spring of 2017. New editions of my independently published titles are underway as well.
Every author must weigh the pros and cons of the many available paths to publication. I am still finding my way but gaining invaluable information. My main aim with my self-published titles is to show potential clients that I do indeed have some serious writing chops. My writing style has often been likened to that of Joyce Carol Oates.
The Two Yosemites: The iconic beauty of California’s Yosemite National Park lures nearly four million visitors per year. Most flock to the seven-square miles of the valley floor. Few make it into the backcountry. Even then, it can be next to impossible to find solitude during the summer months. This travelogue recounts the highs and (mostly) lows of the author’s visit as she seeks to discover the version of Yosemite not all tourists pursue. The results raise the question: What type of tourist are you? Consider this travel memoir a cautionary tale of expectation versus reality.
Such is Life (Short Stories): These realistic stories feature characters down on their luck, yet stubborn enough to move on. A tryst between a carnival worker and a pretty high school student begs the question of who takes advantage of who. A young man’s encounter with a drug addict finds him striking out on his own in hopes of a better life. An English teacher publishes literature deemed inappropriate by a Mormon community. A mother goes on a quest to get rid of the family’s aggressive pet. Finally, New Orleans provides the backdrop for a stroll with a psychotic housewife.
Popular Poe Stories in Plain English: Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular short stories have been rewritten in a plain English version that is more accessible to today’s readers. The content has not been shortened or simplified. Modernized paraphrases of the following are inlcuded: “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Oval Portrait,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
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