Books and Birding in Gainesville

4/13/14 This Saturday, April 19, I’ll be signing copies of Sanctuary at the Gainesville “Old Florida” Birding and Nature Festival. The festival runs April 18-20 and includes birding and nature photography tours, hiking and paddling trips, a blueberry wine tasting at a local winery, lectures on Florida sinkhole geology, a vendor fair and much more. […]

Last Short Story…Ever?

3/2/14 Three years ago, I set myself the goal of going through my short stories and publishing one a month on my website. This month’s story, “Waiting For Word,” is the last. Like many fiction writers, I began with short stories, getting feedback, honing my craft, and eventually having a fair number of them published […]

“Tear a Page!”

2/20/14 Yesterday morning, my husband and I were at our local farmer’s market, and we stopped to chat with our friend Moises, a massage therapist. I mentioned to Moises that I was speaking that night to the Clay County Writers, and since it was brand-new program I was a little anxious about well it would […]

Invite to a Writing Program

2/11/14 New program–fun topic! On Wednesday, February 19 at 6:15 p.m., I’ll be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Clay County Writers at the Orange Park Library. I’ll be presenting a brand new program that explores creative ways to incorporate research into novels and short fiction to create a story that’s both authentic […]

Penultimate Story – Peter, Paul, Mary and Carla in Concert

2/2/14 I once used the word “penultimate” in a newsletter directed to an audience of sailors and was told to change it since no one would know what it meant.  I give sailors more credit than that.  Be that as it may, this is the penultimate short story I plan to post on my website, […]

What happens in Newport

1/1/14 New Year’s Day here in St. Augustine is rainy and gray, so of course I’ve spent it writing–editing some media releases for a friend and publishing my short story for January 2014 on the website.  You can read “One Night in a Newport Taxi” at

Nearing the end

12/4/13 Almost three years ago, I started publishing my short stories on my website on a Short Story of the Month page.  With only a few more to go, my offering for December is one of my earliest stories, “Juggling on a Sunny Day.”  You can read it at  

A War Novel for Christmas

12/1/13 Recommending a war novel as a Christmas gift may sound strange, but Occupying Powers by my friend and fellow writer Clint Hull isn’t your typical WW II guts-and-glory tale.  It’s the thoughtful story of young Chet Devlin, who, while serving as a medic in the Philippines and occupied Japan, must confront not only the […]

Sanctuary is in print!

11/19/13 I’m delighted to announce that in addition to the ebook version, Sanctuary is now available as a print book.  It’s a story of secrets, redemption, and the healing power of nature as the lives of three women converge at a rundown New England estate. You can read the first chapter for free at […]

Don’t Mess With Lucy

11/1/13 A crazy brother, a roadside cafe, and a bride-to-be hell bent on reclaiming her property are just a few of the ingredients in this month’s fun short story, “Lucy Gets Her Ring”. You can read it on the Short Stories page of my website: