About the Author (and sorta-FAQ)

When I was about six, I defaced my copy of Stuart Little. I didn’t like the ending, so I rewrote it, right there in pen on the last page. I’ve been a writer ever since–and I still have that copy of Stuart Little.

I’ve worked as a septic system tester, a lifeguard, a school uniform salesman, an editor, a freelance writer, and currently I’m a Professor of Creative Writing and English and the co-founder of Fiction School, and every one of those jobs taught me a lot about writing.

My childhood years, full of great storytellers and deep history in maddening-endearing-frustrating-magical Alabama, are still a big influence on my writing and why I became a writer.  

I write all over the place, genre-wise: young adult novels, Southern Gothic mysteries and paranormal series, short stories, writing guides, and more.  My stories have been published in some wonderful literary journals like Copper Nickel, The Cream City Review, Eleven ElevenOyster Boy Review, and The Southeast Review.  I’ve also won emerging artist grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. (Big thanks to them!)

If you’re a reader, thank you so much.  Word of mouth is huge for indie writers like me, so I hope you’ll keep in touch and tell someone about my books or write a review on Amazon or anywhere else.

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