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A Sense of Place

I’m finishing up THE DOWNBELOW GIRLS this weekend so I can finally get it in the mail.  A last step was getting a sense of place into the book.  I set it in Seattle, which I live a five minute bridge ride away from in off-peak traffic.  It’s seventeen years away (set in 2025), but […]

Finished First Draft, 2008 Goals

I finished the first draft of THE DOWNBELOW GIRLS this past week and sent it off to a pile of first readers, including two teens as well as the usual suspects – hopefully they’ll have good insights since they’re the target audience. It always feels really great to finish to that extent. Of course, nothing […]

Misc Book News

Apparently SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA was Thanksgiving reading for a few people – I got some compliments on it via email this weekend. That always makes me feel good – a writerly dream is that some stranger will like your work. And then if they do, it’s surprising. The copyedits for READING THE WIND […]

I’ve had the same question three times in three days

“How do you write books and do your job?” The answer is not anything real hard to figure out. I can write 750 words (three manuscript pages) in one to two hours if I have any energy at all. 750 words a day adds up – I started the book I’m working on 10 days […]

Back in the Hunt

July was all short stories and trips to sandy beaches and on late trains. Weddings and anniversaries and anthology stories (a favorite of mine – I like writing to themes). So now it’s finally looking like August will be writing my next novel. Or starting, anyway. At first I chafed at the idea of something […]


Wings of Creation is now out in mass market paperback.

It’s on and Barnes and Noble.


The  silver ship series is now available in audiobook format from 



The Creative Fire can now be pre-ordered at and at Barnes and Noble.

Wings of Creation can now be pre-ordered in Mass Market paperback edition.

Westward Weird is now available — my first published ghost story

One of my favorite shorts, “My Grandfather’s River,” has been included in this beautiful new anthology named RIVER, edited by Alma Alexander and now available via Dark Quest Books.

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