I’m a writer in Rhode Island. My credits include numerous non-fiction articles and book reviews. I also wrote a monthly Maryland newspaper column on infectious diseases for six years. An early short story appeared in Science as part of the magazine’s millennial essay series, “Visions of the Future.” Another short story won First Place in Writer’s Digest genre fiction contest and was published in The Year’s Best Writing. Two other stories were published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine. Other writing awards include two First Place prizes and the Grand Prize in the Maryland Writers Association’s unpublished book contest. Embark published the opening chapter from one of my historical fiction manuscripts; the same manuscript received a “notable mention” in the 2021Chapter One Prize. My debut historical novel, Shadow of the Moon, will be published by Wild Rose Press.
Shadow of the Moon
It’s July 1878, and the West is teeming with astronomers. Among them are Professor Maria Mitchell and five female astronomy students. They’re in Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse. But their chances of seeing it depend on Nolan Carter, a young freight hauler. Nolan takes Mitchell’s telescopes and two colleagues to Denver by wagon. Traveling north, everything goes wrong. He and one of Mitchell’s students are separated from the wagon crew. They ride on alone, encountering murderous drovers, desolate towns, and other hostile denizens. Mitchell finds a train north, but her telescopes and friends are still missing. And overhead, the celestial clock—indifferent to worldly dangers and delays—is ticking down to an unstoppable deadline.