Works


Current WIP: Unsightly, Liss's story
Current WIP: Various short stories
Current WIP: "Breadcrumbs," in which Gretel (of "Hansel and Gretel" fame decides she hates what her life has become since she returned home from the nightmare of the gingerbread house. But in order to move on, she has to confront those memories one last time.


Short Fiction, Semi-Fiction, Nonfiction

“Forty Years” (2017)
Slightly based on a true story (you can read about that here), the story of a woman and her difficult relationship with her now-dead mother
Winner of the Mormon Lit Blitz

“No Substitute for Chocolate” (2012)
Short fiction on the dilemma of Mother’s Day
Third place winner in Mormon Lit Blitz, republished on Everyday Mormon Writer

“The Gift of Eve” (2011)
On the joy and fear of childbirth and living


Works Posted on This Blog:
Note: Since I publish a lot of short pieces on this blog, I’ve decided it’s crazy talk to try to keep up the links here. So, as of July 2013, I probably won’t anymore. I have gone back through my posts and made sure they're all tagged with “Flash Fiction,” so you can find them that way. Hope you enjoy!
A bit of flash fiction loosely based on Perrault’s “Diamonds and Toads”

A lighthearted take on the “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign (of which you can see examples at mormon.org). It occurred to me that it might be funny if various superheroes were members of my faith. So I figured, why not?
What if Cinderella was a little more clever than we thought? What if the prince had troubles she could help him solve?



Various excerpts from Unsightly (previously Eye of the Beholder)


Pretty much all of this stuff is dreams and thoughts right now. Bits and pieces.

Novels Planned (or at least Considered) in the Sight Series
From my romantic fantasy fairy tale retelling, Unsightly, grew a number of other ideas that I’m pretty excited about. They are, variously, adventure novels, court intrigues, and coming of age stories. Oh, and with a little romance thrown in to keep some of us happy.

The Second Sight, current WIP, a very loose prequel to Unsightly (as in, it’s 500 years earlier)
Tambre is a commoner who is about to discover she has an uncommon talent. Eniree is a princess with a secret that could destroy her kingdom. Together they must find a way to save the things they hold most dear from an unknown—but vaguely foreseen—threat.

The Sightless Queen, very vaguely planned, a direct sequel to The Second Sight
Queen Eniree, newly crowned following her brother’s disastrous war, struggles to stabilize her kingdom, cast out traitors, and correctly see the changed world she is now living in—without seeing at all.

Unsightly (also variously called Eye of the Beholder, Sight Unseen, and “that Beauty and the Beast thing”; who knows what I will call it tomorrow?), finished manuscript being shopped with agents, a YA retelling of Beaumont’s “Beauty and the Beast”

The Price of Sight, maybe halfway through first draft, a loose sequel to Unsightly
Minette discovers that you can’t always avoid magic, no matter how hard you try. And when she gains greater power than she ever wanted, she must learn how to control it before external enemies and internal fears destroy her.




Because you were just dying to know. . . 

Also in the works are a few random novels that may or may not go anywhere someday. I reserve the right to trash or resurrect them as the whim takes me. They include the following:

Turning Left: Gillian Lewis lives out two separate but parallel lives, meets two very different boys, and finds two different ways to love when her senior year of high school begins with one tiny question. Should she turn right or left?

You Can’t Get Drunk on Dandelion Wine: Okay, truthfully, this will never become a novel. But I can’t resist mentioning it because it was so ridiculously and awesomely autobiographical, and it was that first novel I really devoted any true attention to writing, back in the day. Summer romance, growing up, doing the unexpected, wishing on stars, and running through sprinklers. Happy sigh. I still get a little tingly when I think about it.


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