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The Setting of Barren

| November 16, 2021

When I originally drafted Barren, I had a very clear picture of where it was set, because I’d based the location on where I live. Though later drafts strayed away from that location, much of the setting is still a temperate Pacific Northwest climate after the impacts of sea level rise. Years ago, Jeremy found a […]

My Post-Apocalyptic Books!

| August 10, 2021

If you enjoy reading things set after the collapse of society as we know it, you might enjoy my post-apocalyptic books! Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is a strange, experimental novella, in which each chapter is based on a card from the major arcana of the tarot deck. The story that ties them all together […]

What Sort of Apocalypse?

| May 27, 2021

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse promises an apocalypse right upfront in the title, but what sort of apocalypse is it? Sudden, inexplicable, and weird. Those are all words I’d use to describe the apocalypse. A huge swath of the population suddenly goes quiet, their thoughts are no longer their own, and they work in concert, […]

Have You Checked Out Barren?

| April 29, 2021

Have you had a chance to check out my latest novella yet? Barren is available in ebook, and it’s only 99 cents! Barren is a climate change apocalypse story about finding a glimmer of hope and pursuing it, even at great personal peril. The main character, Lemy, is deeply curious and wants to help people if […]

Barren Out Today!

| April 6, 2021

Today is the release day for Barren, my climate change apocalypse novella. It depicts a world in which the ocean levels rose dramatically, flooding what was once beachfront and a number of inland areas on large bodies of water as well. And while the sea level rise was particularly dramatic to lead to the apocalypse […]

Barren Available for Pre-Order!

| March 18, 2021

My latest novella, Barren, which comes out April 6, is now available for pre-order! Barren is a post-apocalyptic novella with an older woman as the protagonist. This is an apocalypse caused by climate change and the failure of the ecosystem. Major themes in the book include love and loss, against a backdrop of the struggle […]

Cover Reveal for Barren!

| February 23, 2021

The next book I’ll be publishing this year is Barren, a post-apocalyptic novella. This novella has been a long time in the making. It started as a short story that many people thought felt like the beginning of something longer. I tried to make it a novel, but novella wound up being the length it worked […]

“Hearts in Motion” in New Maps!

| January 28, 2021

My first published story in 2021 is “Hearts in Motion” in the debut issue of New Maps. “Hearts in Motion” is my post-apocalyptic meet cute story of two teenage girls from different social groups in the middle of what has become a desert long before they were born. It was a story spawned from three […]

Review of Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die

| December 16, 2020

Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die, edited by dave ring (Neon Hemlock Press, 2020), is a collection of stories and a couple of poems about queer characters in a post-apocalyptic world. The stories range from funny to heartbreaking, while making stops at nearly every point in the range of human […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse when You Feel Like You’re in the Apocalypse

| July 9, 2020

When you’re in the midst of an uncertain time, it can be difficult to read some types of books. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse may best fit into the category of “post-apocalyptic,” but I like to think of it as an apocalypse with a bit of hope–a little taste of hopepunk, if you will. Sure, the […]