I am a paranormal fiction writer who grew up in the tiny coal mining
community of Woodbine
just south of Corbin in southeastern
Kentucky. (for some reason Woodbine is badly misplaced / poorly marked
on this map; too, in Harlan County,
Mary Alice and a couple of other spots are mislabeled. :roll: Viewers
have my strongest of apologies.)
My poetry, short stories, and other writing to date have appeared in
the e-zines associated with the now-defunct 3Sides Literary Agency, the
limited Stories from the Red Light District anthology, in
various projects associated with Apex Publications, and in
the Help anthology.
I wrote my first ‘book’ at six and my first poetry at nine. The book
has survived and is now buried in a memory box; the poetry, thankfully,
long ago parted this earth. All through childhood, the creative arts
including drawing, painting, sketching, and of course writing interested
me more than anything else; I was all the time at work making something.
As a Girl Scout and 4-H participant, I wrote event and camping
write-ups for the local newspaper. I was a high school newspaper editor and yearbook designer
and a university yearbook photographer; I had several
poems published in the university literary magazine, The Aurora.
Also in my last year of high school and first year of college, I was
active in the Corbin Community Theatre as an actor, singer, and stage
stories, at least what I’ve written since 1996, take place in my
own version of the gothic hinterlands of Harlan County, located in Kentucky. The great beauty of Harlan County
contrasts sharply with abject, inherent strife. Its mountains are
scarred by mining, and its people are quite often insular and
distrustful. This landscape provides the backdrop for my writing and is
often a character in its own right.
Midnight, Midnight’s Heir, Starlight, Daybreak,
and Eventide are all books in my "Harlan Vampires Series" – or
HVS as it’s called in places around the ‘net and here on my site. The
characters in my stories are not your usual bloodthirsty Bram
Stoker-type vampires. They are people with hopes and dreams, desires,
drives, and life-crises – some major, some minor, but all of which help
push the characters into growth and understanding.
I am a member of the Toasted Cheese online writing
community, a contributing editor for Apex
Publications, and an independent book reviewer and editor. I am
the editor of the Harlan County Horrors
anthology, out from Apex Book Company in October 2009. I have lately
also been putting my toes into the waters of social media and social
I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains.
My current home is in Central Kentucky where I live with my lifepartner
and our cat. I am the mother of two young men and am an avid supporter
of kidney disease and living organ donation awareness.
their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always
be in my heart and my blood.