A line from one of this year’s best books reads, “Life was a horror movie, but only if you looked for it.” No one needs to look for horror now; it’s all around us. The U.S. is morphing into Gilead, and we’re coining words like tripledemic and permacrisis. The real monsters walk among us. Fortunately, this year’s Best of […]
I’m not sure how it happened, but I misplaced a year and a half. In August 2015, I stopped blogging, put my e-newsletter on hiatus and left Facebook and Twitter for parts unknown. Well, not totally unknown. I was working on a first draft of a novel called 48 STATES, a stand-alone piece of fiction […]
Last week Andrea Dunlop tagged me “it” and asked me to participate in a blog tour. I’m publishing my answers today and passing the baton to two other talented writers – more about them in a minute.
I’m obsessed with female leaders and their portrayal in entertainment. Are great women leaders seen as ruthless? Sexy? Brittle and sarcastic? Or are they kind, but firm, leading through inspiration instead of intimidation. For me, creating a compelling female character is tricky. Too many portrayals of women in popular culture repeat outdated stereotypes or reinforce […]
As one of the few women working in politics and public affairs in San Francisco and the region, I’ve often longed for a confidant to discuss some of the more unpleasant things that have happened in the course of doing my work. That desire sent me off to write a play about a consultant who suddenly sees an ancient female warrior appear as her invisible mentor.
Not long after I became a self-published novelist, I sent out a tweet promising that I would “try never to make the same mistake twice.” If you count the fact that I often miss my target to tweet daily (oh, the irony) to keep up my social-media presence, then I have made many of […]
I’m happy to report that for those of you who missed my launch party, but were curious about Woman King, I’ll be giving a reading at the San Francisco Public Library on June 5. While there, I will also discuss some of the lessons I’ve learned from my year-long quest to self-publish. No big surprise […]
I am delighted to announce that WOMAN KING is now available for sale on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. Thank you to everybody who showed your support at the book’s May 9 launch party in San Francisco. Many copies were sold there, but here’s how you can get yours.
Since its debut with JukePop Serials, a website devoted to emerging authors of fiction, “Woman King” has been voted one of the top stories on the site. Thank you to all the readers who read and voted for it! If you’d like to read the first 20 chapters of Woman King, here’s your chance! […]
I’m often asked, “Why ‘Woman King’ and not ‘Queen’?” The answer is that a woman king is something altogether different from a queen.