Future Book Projects

Wandering the West: a search for solitude: Coffee table book. With place as a character, this journey will detail the solitary places that still exist throughout the western United States from California to Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona and more.

Lion Goes to the Beach. Children’s book. This story explores the notion of freedom and the power of one individual to evoke change. When a young boy visits the zoo he realizes the lions are unhappy so he embarks on a journey to help the lions become free.

Ma. Historical fiction. Ma is the story of a young girl in the early 1900’s whose mother dies on the family’s journey from New York to Colorado for a better life. At the age of eight years old, Wren is forced to become a mother to her five brothers and sisters while her father works in the mines. Even though she is younger than two of her brothers, they all call her Ma. The family hunts and grows all their food. Each bullet that doesn’t hit its mark and the ones that do are collected and saved for the next try because the family is too poor to afford more. Wren never complains about her lot in life – there isn’t time for that. Instead, she lives by a strict set of values: protect your family, treat people right and always stand up for yourself. Wren is a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t hesitate to use her fists or whatever else is close by if someone violates her values. She is absorbed in learning all she can even though teachers in her area are sporadic at best. She is captivated by books and the better lives they promise. She vows her own children will have a better life than her, sacrificing herself and her needs to ensure they do. This is a tale of family, of sacrifice and the old west.

The Wandering Rose. Fiction. A collection of short stories about Audrey Rose, a free spirited girl who wanders the woods and the world bare breasted and bare footed. She lives between worlds – the natural and the civilized. Wild, independent, gentle and curious, she seeks to unravel the mysteries of life, of love and to understand the beauty that surrounds her. Her stories explore quiet, raw emotion, keen observation and what can happen when a person opens herself completely to the world. Her stories have a strong poetic bent to the writing.