About the Author

Early work was horror and suspense, later work morphed into a combination of magical realism, mystery and adventure painted with a horrific element as needed.

I’m one of those writers who doesn’t plan ahead, no outlines, no clue, sometimes write myself into a corner.  Atmospheric music in the background helps entice the moodier muse that must be present.  Black by Pearl Jam is one that really helps.

Chronological milestones:

1988-1993

Short stories in small presses Crossroads, Eldritch Tales, Nightmares, Heliocentric Net, Cabal Asylum, Black October, and Pirate Writings.

1994

Santa Barbara Writers Conference SF/Fantasy/Horror award.

2000-2003

Wrote some really crappy books.

2002

Barnes and Noble anthology 365 Scary Stories

2003-2004

Ghost story anthologies Monsters From Memphis and More Monsters From Memphis.  Possible to find old copies on Amazon.

2003

Began work on Sea of the Vanities.

2005

Honorable mention from Ellen Datlow in The Years Best Fantasy and Horror for one of my short stories.

2009

Anthology story Sherlock’s Opera, Seattle Noir edited by Curt Colbert, Akashic Books.  Available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble online.

May 1, 2009

Booklist published a favorable review of my contribution to the anthology.  This was a very happy day.

2009

Three books written.  Sea of the Vanities, Farm Hall, and Circle of Fifths. 

2010

In Memory of the Sibylline, was accepted into the best-selling anthology edited by Charlaine Harris– Crimes by Moonlight.  At the time I was the only non-agented, non-book published author accepted into the anthology.  The Celwin series begins. A few months later I hooked up with my agent, Justin Bell of Spectrum Literary.

2018-Present

The Celwin book series: The Violins Played before Junstan, Music Shall Untune the Sky, The Raven and the Pig, The Pirate Danced and the Automat Died

 

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