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Heroes of Necessity: Running in Seattle

| June 6, 2019

I got the idea to write “Origin Story” while I was driving behind a car with multiple marathon stickers plastered across its back end. Seeing all of those stickers made me think what Seattle would be like if the zombie apocalypse hit. Would we get fast zombies simply because there are so many runners in […]

Quiet Moments of Heroism

| February 19, 2019

Heroes of Necessity is a collection with a lot of quiet moments. These stories aren’t knock down, drag out fights between people in capes and spandex. Instead, the stories focus on discoveries of powers and new applications of powers, and using those powers to fix things without necessarily fighting them. In “Fortissimo Possibile,” Leila argues […]

Winter Reads: Heroes of Necessity

| November 29, 2018

If you like superheroes who are more inclined to use their minds and their hearts than their fists, Heroes of Necessity might be right up your alley! Heroes of Necessity presents four of my short stories about women with minimal superpowers helping out the world on a small scale. There’s a mom dealing with family drama, […]

FREE Short Story Collections!

| July 19, 2018

Three of the collections of my short stories that I’ve published through DefCon One Publishing are available for FREE this month through Smashwords! If you’ve been thinking about picking up one (or more) of them, now is the time to do it! Through the end of the month, you can get Heroes of Necessity, Unfixed Timelines, […]

Quick Summer Reads: Heroes of Necessity

| June 21, 2018

If you’re looking for short stories to enjoy this summer, check out Heroes of Necessity! This collection contains four short stories, all of which are quick reads (each story is less than 5,000 words), starring a variety of low-powered woman heroes. What’s better, you don’t need any background information to get into these stories–they each stand […]

What Makes a Hero?

| April 19, 2018

Is a hero defined by their actions or by their powers? I’m inclined to think it’s the former, because there are a lot of “super heroes” who don’t actually have superpowers. Batman, Hawkeye, and many others just have training and skill, rather than powers that come from some weird source. By that token, even the […]

Holiday Reading: Heroes of Necessity

| December 28, 2017

Back when I worked at a university, I had the whole week between Christmas and New Years off from work. I don’t have that perk anymore, but I know a lot of people who take time between the holidays to relax. If you’ve got a lot of time and are looking for something to read, […]

Strange Paths to Super Heroes

| December 5, 2017

I did not come into writing about super heroes in the usual way. The first comic books I ever read were Archie and Richie Rich. These were comics that had belonged to the children of a friend of the family, and I was reading them in the 80s. The comics themselves were probably from the […]

Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order!

| November 23, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order! It will release on Tuesday, December 5th, and you can have it on your Kindle that day if you pre-order! Here’s the blurb for this book: Not all heroes wear spandex and capes. Sometimes, they come from the most unlikely of places. […]

Introducing Heroes of Necessity!

| November 7, 2017

My next collection of short stories is in progress! This one is called Heroes of Necessity, and it’s about super heroes who don’t fit into the traditional molds. While the heroes in these stories have powers, most of them don’t have substantial powers, none of the kind that would impact the entire world. But they’re still […]