I’m a biologist, environmental educator, occasional firefighter and reluctant cubicle monkey living in North Carolina. I write literary short stories and SFF novels, and hope to someday figure out why it doesn’t work the other way around.
You can often find me yelling about politics on Twitter or about under-appreciated wildlife at OverlookedNature.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure. I was about 4 years old. I wrote it while sitting on the kitchen floor, in green crayon. It was about a cat. I had to ask my mom to spell... well, all of the words other than "cat." She said it was pretty ambitious of me to try to write whole sentences. I didn't know what a sentence was. I was writing a story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Rural Middle-of-Nowhere, West Virginia. It turned out that such a boring place was strange and exotic to my college classmates in Florida, so for a few years, I set all my stories there and turned any real-life weirdness I could remember up to 11. It got me noticed, and I think the stories were good. But eventually I got tired of being defined by where I was from and started using other settings.
Darcy is a rural mail carrier whose solitude is broken only when playing in her friends' band -- especially with the singer, Helen. Darcy is in love with her, but
Helen is trapped in a contentious marriage for the sake of her disabled son. Darcy knows all she and Helen can have together is their music. That's enough, until an outsider reminds her that more is possible -- just not with Helen.
Jim lives in fear of his neighbors. His daughter Annie lives in fear of him. His wife Linda tries to protect them both. But when Jim's paranoia turns violent, how long can Linda cover for him without taking herself and Annie down with him?