Although I've spent most of my adult life in the northern and midwestern United States, my imagination has always lived in the South, the homeland of my childhood, and I love writing about the South.
My most recent novel, WHEN ENEMIES OFFEND THEE, was released by Pen-L Publishing on March 1, 2020. My debut novel, SURFACE AND SHADOW, also from Pen-L, was released in 2016. I've also published short stories, articles, and essays in literary magazines, commercial magazines, anthologies, and newspapers, including Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest--2017, Uncertain Promise, Voices From the Porch, The Kansas City Star, St. Anthony Messenger, Our State: Down Home in North Carolina, and Grow Old Along With Me--The Best Is Yet To Be, the audio version of which was a Grammy award finalist. My short stories have also been recognized by Syndicated Fiction Project, the Salem College National Literary Awards, and the Black River Chapbook Competition of Black Lawrence Press.
I'm a co-founder of the literary press Whispering Prairie Press in Kansas City, Missouri, and due to the excellent leaders who have steered the press since its beginning, it's still going strong.
A North Carolina native, I graduated from Duke University with a B.A. degree in English, completed graduate level creative writing courses at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and earned a master’s degree in English with Writing Concentration at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
I currently live in Pennsylvania.
WHEN ENEMIES OFFEND THEE
Viciousness can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.
Recently widowed, Clementine Loftis returns to her hometown in North Carolina looking for comfort and peace. Instead, she finds an angry former high-school classmate who assaults her in a bizarre attempt to settle an old score.
When her lack of evidence prevents police from charging him, Clementine vows to get even on her own. After her first attempt doesn’t pan out, she escalates her effort. When that fails, she escalates again … and again.
Clementine’s determination to make her attacker pay for what he’s done drives her to walk a fine, dangerous line between vengeance and justice, making her question who she really is and whether she can ever again be the woman she wants to be.
When Enemies Offend Thee is a provocative thriller that will have readers questioning their own friendships, loyalties, ethics, and the possibility of redemption.
SURFACE AND SHADOW2016