My stories have received honors in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition; the National Literary Awards at Salem College; the Nimrod Literary Awards: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction; and the Southern California Review Fiction Prize. I have attended the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and I am also a member of SCBWI.

On the verge of losing his scholarship, an Olympic hopeful swimmer haunted by the drowning death of his sister rekindles his friendship with the girl who broke his heart. But when the choices he’s made to hide his pain threaten the girl's life because of her rare allergy to wireless technology, he must learn to accept the tragedy of his past or lose everything, including his one true love.

THE FINAL BOW, originally published in the Southern California Review, Volume 1, Number 1

A story about a musician, a mentor, and the perilous nature of dual relationships.

This piece was a fluke in my writing process. It came out in one very intense creative "trance" one evening when I wasn't planning to write a story. I heard the narrator's voice in my head, and the rhythm of her dialogue tapped out a beat inside my head, like a heartbeat of the story I needed to tell. I wrote the story from beginning to end, with virtually no revision, in one sitting. 

THE LOOKING GLASS, originally published in Coach's Midnight Diner

A gothic story involving a priest, an opera house, and a glass of absinthe.

​This particular piece started out as an experiment in language. I had just finished reading a novel by Joyce Carol Oates and wanted to see how well I could create atmosphere with language. The characters came out of one of my languishing novel projects, and, to my amazement, they took on new life within the context of a seamy Victorian landscape. 

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