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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Upcoming Musa/Erato Publications

I have two stories that will be coming out this summer and fall with Musa Publishing in their Erato (GLBT) imprint.  I've written in this blog about both of these stories, and now I have dates for both of their releases.  "Honeymoon" has a release date of August 17, 2012, and "Arthur Cleary" has a release date of November 2, 2012.  Suffice it to say, I'm very excited about all of this!

Both of these stories are gay romances.  "Honeymoon" is a contemporary romance, and "Arthur Cleary" is a paranormal romance.  I want to thank my characters--Lee Mullens, Sanders Hamilton, Jake McAdams, and Arthur Cleary--for bringing these stories to life.  I realize that we writers give life to our characters, but it is a good character who gives life to a story.  And somehow a good character seems an entity unto himself or herself.  When I feel I've created a character who works well, it's as if I haven't done it all myself--it's as if the character himself or herself had a hand in it.  It's difficult to describe what I mean, but anyone who's a writer surely knows what I'm talking about.  There's just something magical about the creative process--something ineffable.  All that said, I'm looking forward to having readers get to know my characters and their stories come August and November!

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