Hello, reader! Here's where you can learn a little bit about me, if you are so inclined.
I'm the author of nine novels (and counting, at a rapid pace.) My primary writing genre is historical fiction, but I love to read across all genres, and I have plans to try writing in other areas over the coming months and years. But I will never be able to give up historical fiction entirely. I'm a bona fide history nerd, and those fascinating true tales from humanity's past keep sucking me back in.
I was born in Rexburg, a small town in Idaho, and currently live on San Juan Island, though I've also lived in Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, and in Salt Lake City, Utah. I love getting out into nature -- I'd rather hike, camp, or sail the nearby San Juan Islands than do just about anything else. I try to bring my appreciation for nature into my writing by including the rich sensory details of setting, which make you feel like you're "really there."
My influences vary widely, and aren't limited to other novelists. I'm drawn to poignant story and creative, rich use of language and character wherever I find it. Some of my biggest inspirations include Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, the poetry of Michael Ondaatje, the lyrics, rhythm, and melodies of Neko Case, and the work of mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad.
I used to pursue major publishers, and worked with two literary agents on two separate occasions. However, in 2011 I realized what a great opportunity self-publishing presents to authors, and I jumped in with both feet and haven't looked back. "Going indie" enabled me to quit my day job and write full-time... something I'm certain I wouldn't have been able to achieve if I hadn't self-published.
Now I'm an advocate for self-publishing and enjoy sharing my experience with other authors, helping them find success as an "indie." I truly believe that the advent of ebooks and the rise of affordable self-publishing is the best thing that's ever happened to both writers and readers. There has never been a time in history when so many authors have been able to make a living from the written word. Nor have readers ever before had such easy access to the variety and artistic experimentation writers can offer when they're constrained by nothing but their own imaginations. It's a great time to be reading and writing!
You can find all my books wherever you buy ebooks: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, or Kobo. Audiobook auditions of some titles are also available (more are on the way!) and print editions are available via Amazon. Check out the "Books" menu at the top of the page to find out detailed information about each available book, and find all the links you need to get the edition you prefer.
I always welcome feedback and questions from readers, as well as questions from other writers (and I might even make your question into a blog post!) Contact me via the "Contact" link above.