As this weeks Featured Author
I’ve had a lot of jobs and several careers – but writing is the only work that has ever mattered. To confirm this, I’ve been a: warehouse clerk, secretary, retail clerk, substitute teacher, bookkeeper, government bureaucrat. Motion picture story analyst, low budget TV producer. Scientific research internship director. Earthquake consultant. Professor. Disaster scientist.
In 1992, I published my first novel, the psychological thriller Was It A Rat I Saw, now available as an ebook everywhere. Somehow 20 years elapsed and in 2012 I published the literary fiction Scar Jewelry, which is currently available as an ebook and trade paperback. 2014 welcomed book 1 in the FRAMES series, Nica of Los Angeles.
So I am a seasoned yet new writer, thanks to that 20-year hiatus. One great change while I was away was the rise of social media, and I would love to connect with you – here, on my blog, or on Twitter.
I lives in southern California, where I’m the mother of twins and companion to multiple non-humans, currently 5 (not a typo. 5.) cats and 1 dog. I love books, live music, beaches, mountains, nature, and the internet. If I had all the money in the world I would have an abode in each of its great cities.
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When rookie private eye Nica takes on a mysterious case, she enters a world of multiple dimensions called Frames, where buildings and lawn chairs can be sentient, a stray cat has great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. At home, Nica tackles missing person cases, while in the larger reality of the Frames she is swept into an escalating battle with stakes that could not be higher.
It’s been a rough year for narrator Deirdre, who has stalled out after personal setbacks she won’t discuss – not even with Langston – and who fears she is just like their mother, a woodwork dweller. Langston never faces such worries. Her twin in name only, his dynamic style and achievements have launched him across the continent into a top university and flourishing social life – all of which he will compromise as they unravel their mother’s past.
As Deirdre and Langston question friends and acquaintances, snoop, and hack emails, a portrait emerges that barely resembles the mother they know. She has masterfully disguised her history – and theirs. For starters, they discover that their father died four years after their birth. Why manufacture such a lie? Proliferating questions and unsettling answers await them before they finally learn why. As they come to understand choices their mother made that swerved their life paths as well as hers, they must ultimately reconsider their mother, their memories, and themselves.
Set in the present and the early days of punk, this work of literary fiction tackles themes of identity in an original way. Deep but lighthearted, compelling and moving, it is a page-turner with elements of mystery, psychology, family drama, and rites of passage across two generations, in a setting that vividly evokes southern California, then and now.
Literary fiction by the author of the Was It A Rat I Saw?.