Here’s the skinny: I once pet-sat an electric eel and crashed my car into a house, though not on the same day. Before I became a writer, I was reprimanded and/or fired for reading in every job I ever held.
I consider this my greatest accomplishment to date.
Oh, and I write mostly fantasy for adults, young adults, and middle graders. :-)
Joshua, a mage, heads to Chicago for a vacation after battling a bevy of supernatural creatures. But when vampires kidnap him and demand his help, he has no choice but to comply. The problem is, they want him to square off against even *more* vampires—ones who enjoy killing far more than they should. It seems this mage just can’t stay out of trouble, even for one night. **(19,000 words)
Once, a lizard in ancient Greece lost her legs when she angered the gods. Now a lowly snake, she’d do anything to prove herself worthy of legs again. When three important gods need her help, the snake just might get her chance. But can she accomplish the near-impossible tasks they set out? Or she is doomed to slither along the ground . . . forever? (A short story of about 3,000 words, or 12 pages)
The people of Hamelin have a rat problem, so the mayor thinks of a way to solve it. He offers twenty golds to a piper to rid the town of rodents. He delivers only five. Think you know everything about this folktale? Here, you’ll learn what really happened when a magical musician came to Hamelin. Fans of witty fairy tales will love this middle-grade short story (about 5,000 words, or twenty pages).
Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt’s best friend has just been killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The villain behind these tragedies? It’s the kingdom’s new leader, Christopher Siren. Stanley vows to confront Siren, but in order to do so he must undertake a perilous journey involving sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.