Hello! I am a science fiction and fantasy author, bibliophile, self-proclaimed nerd, and occasional biologist. You can find on this site three novels, Grizelda, The Confederacy of Heaven, and Cannon Fodder, as well as the short stories "Ravensdaughter's Tale" and "John of the Rhine."
Describe your desk.
It's a great big wooden table that I bought from Goodwill for $5. Then I bolted a keyboard tray to its underside. On top there's a desk lamp, some pencils, and a rotating cast of to-do lists. There's also a bowl of screws. (Unrelated to any writing project.)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The armchair surfing! You get to go to these interesting places and meet interesting imaginary people. Then you get to share those travels with real people.
The good guys always win – and Alec Nightshade isn't going to take it anymore. Alec's a fifteen-year-old member of the Norgolian Society of Evil Overlords, which means not having much of a life expectancy. When a hero hunts down and kills his aunt, the Viper, he sets off on the first evil scheme of his life to set things straight.
One spring evening in 1861, a lump of river mud wakes up in an alchemist's basement. His name is John. His new master has peculiar habits. When the modern world comes to their village in the form of a rail line, John discovers this whole being alive business is more complicated than he'd thought.
There has been no rain for two hundred years. Nasan Rattlingbones has been exiled from her clan and left to fend for herself in the waste. She discovers she may be at the heart of a heavenly conspiracy involving the curse on her world.
Accused by the government of practicing witchcraft, 14-year-old seamstress Grizelda must go into hiding beneath the city to save her life. Problem: the goblins who already live there barely tolerate her presence. The pixies are not to be trusted. And she's tempted to break her hiding for a band of revolutionaries who might end magic persecution once and for all.