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“A Sixteen Step Plan to Supervillainy” in Coast to Coast Stars

| February 25, 2021

When I’m writing in a superhero universe, I generally write heroes and not villains. But for “A Sixteen Step Plan to Supervillainy,” I decided to try out the other side of the fence. After all, villains believe themselves to be the heroes of their stories, so why not write a sympathetic villain story? “A Sixteen […]

Sarah Castille’s Las Capas House

| February 4, 2021

When I was writing Sure Shot in Las Capas, I knew the book was going to start with the scene in Sarah and Daisy’s kitchen, as Sarah was washing the dinner dishes. And I had an image in my mind of what her view out the window would look like. It was only when I took […]

“Say a Little Spell” in Coast to Coast Stars

| December 15, 2020

A few of the stories in Coast to Coast Stars feature characters that I created for “Happily Never After” and wanted to explore further. “Say a Little Spell” takes magic-user Preethi back to her childhood, when she was still learning the limitations and requirements of the magic that she and her grandmother share. It’s a very […]

Sure Shot for the Holidays!

| December 1, 2020

If you’re still trying to find a present for someone on your holiday list, have you considered Sure Shot in Las Capas? Even though it’s speculative fiction, the speculative elements are fairly mild (superheroes and supervillains), so even someone who doesn’t enjoy reading spec fic might like this book. It’s also a mystery, with elements of […]

Coast to Coast Stars: A Pale Imitation

| November 12, 2020

“A Pale Imitation” is a story about the daughters of a hero in “Happily Never After,” but it was also my response to a list of prompts related to superheroes who were twins and they ways they could use that to their advantage. By giving a pair of sisters the same powers, they could easily […]

Sure Shot Out Today!

| November 3, 2020

Today’s the day! Sure Shot in Las Capas: The Case of the Absent Star is out! And while I probably couldn’t have picked a worse day to launch it into the world, my hope is that folks can take some solace in a good read while they await American election results. An explosion in the bay, […]

Sure Shot in Las Capas cover art!

| October 13, 2020

I’ve been posting my book covers on my main page before I talk about them here, so that super fans can get a little sneak peak! But now I’m revealing the cover for Sure Shot in Las Capas: The Case of the Absent Star. “Sure Shot” is the new superhero identity of Sarah Castile, who formerly […]

Coast to Coast Stars: Happily Never After

| October 1, 2020

When I first developed the character of Gray Dawn / Cassidy Sweet, I had some loose ideas about her history as a pop star. Though the peak of her career was later than the peak of the late 80s and early 90s pop stars, once of the iconic things that I thought was essential for […]

Coming Soon: Sure Shot in Las Capas!

| September 17, 2020

The very first time I was asked to write in the Cobalt City Universe, I looked for a corner that I could carve out as my own. I started out writing the first female incarnation of the Huntsman, one of Cobalt City’s legacy super heroes. After dabbling with some other characters, I returned to the […]

Out Now: Coast to Coast Stars

| June 30, 2020

Coast to Coast Stars is now available in ebook format through all the usual retail sources! You can enjoy five short stories of super heroics and bystanders, including my first story told from the perspective of a scientist as she goes through the stages of becoming a villain. Two of the stories feature cameos by […]