I have completed my first novel called, Toxic Octopus!
It's a murder mystery set on Galveston Island, TX that uses satire and humor to drive the story. Toxic Octopus features a strong sense of place (you WILL want to visit Galveston) and natural history. And for my fellow animal lovers.... no octopuses were harmed or maligned in the making of this book! And yes, that is the correct plural form for octopus (I know you were wondering...octopodes is also correct).
My writing influences include George Saunders, John Burdett, David Sedaris, Carl Hiaasen, and Dave Barry. I love their works and have learned much from them.
Download a copy of the first chapter of Toxic Octopus by clicking here.
I am currently seeking an agent and publisher for my fiction books. Toxic Octopus will be the first in a series of Spy Shop Mysteries.
Along with being an HR Leader, business book author and novelist, I am an essayist. My creative work lets me explore the dark and comedic corners of my brain. Psst! Don't tell my business book publishers, but I love creative writing more than my more serious writing. Perhaps this is because I can contemplate the nature of things for hours and consider myself a verbal brat. Here is a sassy piece I wrote about my pink punching bag. And here's a travel essay about being hit by cicadas while driving a motorcycle - yikes!
I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goddard College. Science, writing, food, nature, travel and motorcycling are among my favorite writing subjects. I thoroughly enjoy bringing out the humorous aspects of every-day experiences and things. Check out this funny piece I wrote about a book signing disaster, called Attention Shoppers, here. True story, BTW (mostly). And the essay I wrote about helping seniors publish their memoirs called Coming to Fruition: A Manifesto here. Totally true.
Have you browsed the essay section of your local bookstore recently? Yes, there is an essay section! It is usually found on the second floor, in the farthest corner from the escalator, flanked between the mythology section and translated books (two huge draws for sure). If they were selling the space, eager realtors would call it out of the way or offering the luxury of privacy and seclusion. That's ok, those who are honestly interested in essays will seek and find them.
What? You don't know anyone who reads essays? They exist; I promise you. Unfortunately, the odds are low bordering on undetectable that potential readers might happen upon the essay section. If it weren't for David Sedaris and books ABOUT essay writing (snapped up by hungry essayists desperate for career-altering advice), there would be fewer books in the essay section than TV Shows about the Kardashians.
Even so - even with a puny market and an elusive reader population - this special little place in the bookstore is real estate I want to occupy.
Might you want to publish one or a collection of my essays? Would you like to read more of my work? Awesome! Send me an email and let's chat.