I’m a traditionally published novelist, experienced editor, and enthusiastic writing coach who helps aspiring novelists and memoirists go pro. Whether I'm coaching a writer through a first draft, helping revise a query, or editing a full manuscript, I love to find what’s amazing about a story and help the author develop the courage and skill to confidently share it with the world.
As Travel Editor of Maggie Award-winning Coast magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Preferred Destinations magazine, I not only primed these mags for publication, I reviewed queries and assigned stories. I know what gatekeepers are looking for and how it feels to sit on both sides of the desk.
My novel, LOVE ME ANYWAY, was published by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, and my stories have appeared in such places as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, StoryQuarterly, National Geographic Traveler, and NPR.
Kevin Kramer is the new senior vice president of the Products Profit center at Production Solutions. He’s worked hard for all his success. It’s taken him years to perfect a non-clammy handshake. But Kevin Kramer harbors many dark secrets. In fact, for everyone in these stories, avoiding the truth is a full-time job: An HR manager tries desperately to maintain order, even as the entire software... read more
How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York? Angela Himsel was raised in a German-American family, one of eleven children who shared a single bathroom in their rented ramshackle farmhouse in Indiana. The Himsels followed an evangelical branch of Christianity—the Worldwide Church of God—which espoused a doomsday philosophy. Onl... read more
When 22-year-old Ginny Martin discovers her husband has been cheating on her, she strikes back by purchasing tickets to every concert on the Rolling Stones North American tour with their shared credit card, packing up the car, and taking to the road. As she follows the Rolling Stones from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ginny experiences freedom for the first time—and begins to deal with the ins... read more
A darkly funny, compulsively readable debut novel about two young flight attendants coming of age at 35,000 feetWhen twenty-three-year-old Emily Cavenaugh's marriage to her abusive high school sweetheart ends, she trades in her dull smalltown life for an all-access pass to see the world as a flight attendant. Hoping for a new start, she moves to San Francisco to bunk with six other new flight ... read more
"Now in the 14th year of its Noir series--which has collected original stories from Brooklyn to Istanbul to Lagos--Akashic has assembled a delightfully dark collection of fiction from Hong Kong, a city where talk is cheap and cash is still king."--Ritz-Carlton Magazine"The history of Hong Kong, once a fishing village, encompasses piracy, the opium trade, prostitution, corruption, espionage and... read more
A good story improves with the telling, and nothing improves a travel story more than something going wrong. Once the anguish fades, the frustration, embarrassment, danger, and inconvenience provide great material for a tale that can be told again and again. The adventurers in What Color is Your Jockstrap? encounter just about every absurd, surreal, and wacky moment imaginable, from a monster ... read more
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