About My Writing:

Barbed is my first book-length publication. As a manuscript it won runner-up in Nonfiction from the 2018 San Francisco Writer’s Conference, and in 2019 it was shortlisted for a Journey award from Chanticleer.

Having made me an author from the Southwest, I also thank Barbed for my recent invitations (January and August of 2023) to write reviews for the LA Review of Books.

Two of my short stories, “Dying for Love” and “Iris,” were selected for the Desert Sleuth’s biannual mystery story anthology in 2019 and 2021 respectively. (See my Writing page.)

Other manuscripts have won prizes but are still finding their way to publication. The Portals of Peril, a sci-fi novel for middle grade readers, won the grand prize in Chanticleer’s 2018 Gertrude Warner Awards for middle grade fiction. A Fairy’s Tails, a middle grade fantasy novel, was awarded First Place in that same category in 2020.  Also in 2020, my short story “Convenient Fictions” was among Writer’s Digest’s top ten for literary fiction.

Sometimes words find me that require not only a different genre but a different form of writing altogether. For these, I am exploring poetry. My poem “Getting Somewhere” was selected for the 2023 San Diego Poetry Annual, and in 2020, my poem “Western Girl” earned Honorable Mention in the Arizona Authors Awards.

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Photo credit: Lisa Schnebly Heidinger