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Egypt. Turkey. Scotland. Brazil. My fiction reflects a love of world culture and international travel, whether I'm writing short stories, thrillers, or historical fiction.
Before beginning my writing career, I worked as an international banker, a social policy analyst, an English teacher -- and a number of jobs (ER admitting clerk, hospital lab assistant, writing tutor) on my way through college.
Once I began teaching, those summer vacations meant travel began in earnest -- first to Mexico and Guatemala. Then, a sabbatical to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, and England, with a month in each country. Unforgettable.
My first book, Mother's Don't Die, a thriller about a kidnapping, now sits in a drawer. My second book began as a short story about selkies off the coast of Scotland and morphed into Standing Stones, historical fiction about a fishing family living in the Orkney Islands, who were kicked out of their cottage by Lord Gordon, the new landowner. Mac McDonnell, arrested for protesting evictions all over the island, is transported to Van Diemen's Land. Thus begins Years of Stone which follows Mac in mid-19th Century Tasmania.
Standing Stones also won second place in historical fiction (2010) at the Pacific Northwest Writers literary contest. I'm currently revising the third book in the series, Rivers of Stone, set in the 1840s in the Pacific Northwest. In this story, Catriona follows one of the McDonnell brothers to Canada -- disguised as a boy.
Readers, enjoy! Writers, write on!
on June 29, 2017 :
This story has a lovely and mythic feel to it, which is certainly appropriate for the subject matter. I appreciated the historical detail as well.
(review of free book)