Maddie has everything the way she likes it. Her start-up, Mindful Management, is the work of her heart, and her business partner, Joe, the ideal complement to her talents. Of course she’d like to see her younger brother move past his barista stage and get serious, but brotherly obligation means she can work on him during their weekly diner dates. She doesn’t like to think about her ex, the perfect Jane, but even if their breakup was painful, it was grown-up. The boxes are getting checked. Things are humming.
But then everything is turned upside down when Maddie survives a vicious attack by an unknown predator. The moment she opens her eyes in the hospital, it’s as if her life starts up all over again on a brand-new day one—except this new timeline reveals that nothing in her old life was what it seemed. Everything Maddie thought she needed isn’t turning out how she planned, and honestly, wasn’t how she really liked it after all.
Upended is available everywhere, but specifically:
Brain Mill Press
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The Mathematics of Change breaks open and breaks down the equation of midlife, proving balance is imaginary and change the only possible solution.
The aching and terrible excitement of Carol’s affair with her graduate school professor has settled, fifteen years later, into the frustrated complacency of faculty wife responsibilities and motherhood.
Carol wants more, but can’t have more.
She can’t have as much, surely, as her best friend, the painfully enigmatic Mitch, who keeps their long-ago erotic relationship irritatingly compartmentalized and spends too much time in her secret lair of an engineering lab.
She can’t have what the gorgeous new faculty member Abby has — a publishing career, slinky dresses, and a way of prying out vulnerable and damaging confessions from even causal acquaintances.
Mitch knows Carol wants more, but she also knows it can’t come from her. She’s grappling with the terror that comes from knowing she could have everything. Her lab is on the verge of a breakthrough, and then there’s Reginald: warm, funny, British, impossibly long-distance, compelling. Except, she’s not really talking to Reginald, unless she can’t help it. Meanwhile, Carol is talking to her too much and desperately yanking their past out of the mothballs, and Abby’s primary scholarship seems to be predatory and tempting advances.
Mitch could have more than she ever thought possible, but she can’t work out the math.
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Short Fiction & Articles
Except from Upended at 83Degrees
"Giant Koi" at The Harpoon Review
"Clara" at Sequestrum
"Yellow Paper" at The Lascaux Review - Winner of the 2017 Fiction Award
"The Republic of Kansas" at Arcturus Review
Support Literary Journals!
"Unsafe Haven" at The Massachusetts Review
"Benched" at Tahoma Literary Review - (hear me read the story)
"The Mathematics of Change" at Midwestern Gothic
"Waiting for Help to Arrive" at The Quotable
"Common Grounds" at Kind of a Hurricane (Storm Cycle 2014)
"Buttoned Down" at Tenemos
Awards And Nominations
"The Republic of Kansas"
- Winner of the Al Simak award for fiction from Arcturus Review
- Winner of the Betty Gabehart award from the Kentucky Women Writers
- Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
"Benched" - Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
"Yellow Paper" - Winner of the Lascaux Review Fiction Award
"Common Grounds" - Nominated for a Pushcart Prize