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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, October 18, 2014

My October River Ram Press Blog Article

My October River Ram Press Blog article is now available. This one is about side effects and the writer with bipolar disorder. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Under the Bookcase"

My story "Under the Bookcase" is now available in The Outrider Review, Volume 1, Issue 4. It's available in either hard copy or digital form. Click on the link above then scroll down the website's main page and you'll see the issue for sale.

This story is about a troubled young man named Cole Ingram who becomes entwined in the lives of husband and wife Richard and Debbie Goodwin. Richard and Debbie, at first a lonely couple, are passionately drawn to Cole as he is to them. A strange and powerful love develops between the three. But Cole is not who or what he appears to be, and his secrets could lead to tragedy.

I am particularly fond of this piece and of Cole Ingram. I had a good time developing him and his story and feel honored to have had the work published by The Outrider Review.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Where Did the Title Come From?

I can't really say that I have a certain method for coming up with titles. Usually they just come to me... a phrase or word that simply sounds right. There's no rhyme or reason to it really, except for one story that got its title from a real life story.

"The Adirondack Room" is that story--it just came out this October in The Round Up Writer's Zine. It all began with a phone call to my sister. I called her and accidentally transposed two numbers, and a lady with a bright, cheerful voice answered, "The Adirondack Room." I apologized for having called the wrong number and hung up (this all happened on an old-fashioned land line). I called my sister again and clearly transposed the same two numbers, because again a woman's voice answered, "The Adirondack Room." This happened several more times on different occasions--I just couldn't seem to get those two numbers in the right order and continued to reach the Adirondack Room.

My sister and I imagined the Adirondack Room to be the way it turned out in my story. Definitely a 1950s, Cold War era, mountain lodge meets glamor vibe. We decided to look up the Adirondack Room and find out what and where it was. We even thought that, upon finding it, we'd go there and see if it lived up to our imaginings. We conducted extensive Google and Internet searches but found nothing. We finally decided that either the Adirondack Room was a room within a party house, or that it existed only in the space between two transposed numbers and the link between two phones. Twilight Zone stuff, if you will. I like the latter explanation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"The Adirondack Room" Is Available

My short story "The Adirondack Room" is available in the new October issue of The Round Up Writers Zine (The Round Up Writer's Zine, Volume 2-1, October 2014).

This was a fun story to write. It's about a place called the Adirondack Room and what happens there in all the room's splendor. Who is Ben and what happens to his toupee? What's happening in the Nevada desert while the unnamed narrator is in the Adirondack Room eating fondue and drinking pink ladies? What happens in Browncroft, Pennsylvania?

You can go to the journal's website and click on "Download". This will open up a .pdf of the journal on your computer. My story is on page 24. Happy reading!