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Here is the cover of my third book, DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS. It's the story of a preaching prodigy named Little Texas who started on the tent revival circuit at age ten, and is now a 16 year old faith healer. One night he heals a dying girl in a blue dress who then starts appearing wherever Little Texas preaches. Is Lucy a stalker? Or something even worse? DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS is unlike any ghost story you have ever read.
I grew up in north Alabama surrounded by cotton fields and Saturn V rocket engines that every few days blew smoke through the pine woods that looked just like clouds. The NASA test stands rattled our windows on a regular basis when they test-fired the massive Apollo engines. These days I'm a technical writer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. But what I really like doing is writing books that scare me.
My second book, BREATHE MY NAME, is about a girl named Frances who has a terrifying secret: eleven years ago, her mother murdered Frances' sisters and nearly killed Frances herself. Now Frances is in high school just trying to live her life and forget the past while crushing on the strangely wonderful new guy, Nix — until the day her mother sends her a chilling message: I need to see you. Please come right away. We have to finish.
My debut novel, TEACH ME, is about a science-minded girl named Nine who falls in love with her poetry teacher. But after things turn physical, Nine's life spirals into a dangerous nightmare of obsession and revenge.
Here's the link to my new web site. Please check it out!
Thanks for visiting, and especially thanks for reading! If you want to know more about me, here are a few of the one million things I'm interested in:
The North American continent, circa 1500-1720. I fantasize about being an explorer, sans any raping and pillaging. But I'm also part Cherokee, so I'm at least 1/8 noble, proud and a total friend of nature.
Hiking and exploring "undiscovered places" like caves. Sitting still in deep natural places and just watching and listening. New scientific discoveries like Lake Vostok in the Antartic, a massive subsurface lake that hasn't seen the light of day for millions of years which NASA says resembles conditions on Jupiter's moon, Europa.
Learning about quantum theory, which dovetails nicely with a lot of Eastern philosphy. No, I can't do the math. Yet.
Archeology, e.e. cummings and Sharon Olds, the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, South Dakota, college sports (they invented the term "smashmouth" down here), playing basketball, road trips to strange faraway places, Chumley's in the West Village, NYC, a literary watering hole for writers like Hemingway, Parker, and Fitzgerald (you can still see their signatures on the walls), mysterious ancient structures, historical sites famous and obscure, digging holes, trees, the afterlife, amazing comebacks, wildflowers, and lumberjack competitions. Ha. Just checking to see if you are still awake.
Who I'd like to meet:Ray Bradbury, Audrey Niffenegger, Anne Heche, Gary Numan, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Mark Twain, Moira Kelly, Chrissie Hynde, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Ronald L. Mallett, Philip K. Dick, Nikola Tesla, Coleridge, Emily Dickinson, Cyril Kornbluth, Tracy Chapman, Boris Karloff, Laurie Anderson, H.P. Lovecraft, Sara Gran, Emma Thompson, Ben Kingsley, Dikembe Mutombo, and a whole slew of YA writers and readers.
- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Occupation: Author
MoviesSo many. A few: The Lives of Others, The Man From Earth, Shakespeare in Love, Office Space, Blade Runner, Notting Hill, Brazil, The Mothman Prophecies, Name of the Rose, Bride and Prejudice, Gladiator, Groundhog Day, Lost In Translation, Happy Accidents (a fantastic time travel love story), The Family Man, Master and Commander, Much Ado About Nothing, Gattaca.
BooksSo many. A few of my all-time favorites: Huckleberry Finn, Watership Down, the Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson, the Little House on the Prairie books, The Island of Dr. Moreau, A Farewell to Arms, The Giver -- I could go on and on. Some of the recent: The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, Dope and Come Closer by Sara Gran, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, No Country For Old Men and The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
HeroesMy NASA engineer father helped us land on the Moon. I am extremely proud of him for that. We have home movies of Dad goofing around in zero gravity with two 500-pound packages, one in each hand. Also people like these: Dikembe Mutombo, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, Philip K. Dick, Sharon Olds, Thomas Jefferson, Bjork, Bill Russell, Freddie Mercury, Harriet Tubman, Loren Eiseley, Dr. Ronald L. Mallett, and Nicola Tesla.