Things are Getting Pretty Spooky- October Newsletter

Facing Your Fears as a Writer It’s becoming increasingly challenging to one-up reality as a fiction writer. I’m trying to write about unimaginable situations, not front-page headlines, yet every day, I see the lines blurring. Halloween is today, but if you want to think about a real horror show, circle November 8th on your calendar […]

End of Summer Newsletter

And some important dates for 48 States! August 27 – Book Signing at Barnes & Noble, San Jose, noon. September 13 – Book Launch Party, 620 Jones, 6-8 p.m. October 14 – Litquake, time and location TBD. Hello!  The dog days of summer—those sultry middle days of the season—are behind us as we enjoy what’s […]

How A Failed Playwright Became a Novelist

There would never have been a Dark Horse Trilogy if I hadn’t been such an utter failure as a playwright. Olivia and her spirit guide Elsa represent the evolution of an idea about a successful female political consultant, who through a series of unforeseen events finds herself marginally employed and halfway to being a full-time […]

Send in the Swallows

July was a big month. Not only did I complete the first draft of the final installment in the Dark Horse Trilogy – lovingly called Book 3 for now, but I also completed a second story I’d been working on through tattoos. Brücius von Xylander, the owner and genius behind Black Serum Tattoo Studio, recently […]

Hurra! Libraries are Open Again

One aspect of our on-going pandemic that has not gotten a lot of attention was the total closure of our public libraries. In mid-June San Francisco signaled that it would slowly begin reopening its Main Library and neighborhood branches after more than a year of closure. For me, this was the equivalent of seeing the […]

When Life is Stranger than Fiction

 I love this photo of the Skystar in Golden Gate Park.  For me, it’s  simultaneously romantic and creepy – the lights sparkling in the twilight of an emptied almost dystopian landscape thanks to the pandemic and San Francisco’s shelter in place order.  It’s the kind of thing you would read about in THE STAND or […]

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Genre

Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous behavior. How would you describe that book to […]