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C. and M. Marsh, Girl Detectives Coming Soon!

| May 12, 2022

The very first story I wrote as an adult, with an intent of publication was a sweet little story about two young girls living in a mechanical garden. Because I was very lucky, I sold that story, and then sold it several more times as reprint. It wound up inspiring me to write more, and […]

Steampunk Reads

| March 31, 2022

If you enjoy reading steampunk, I’ve got four books out now, and a fifth one coming soon! First off, I have the Brass and Glass trilogy: Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering is the first in the series, followed by Brass and Glass 2: The Long-Cursed Map and Brass and Glass 3: The Boiling Sea. […]

February 2022 Publications!

| March 10, 2022

I had three new pieces out in February, all different sorts and lengths! “Promises Made” was accepted for the Glittery Literary Anthology Four and appeared early in the month. It’s an urban fantasy microfiction story about curses and promises related to the fae. The second one was one of the longest titled stories I’ve had […]

Fun for Friday: Steampunk Plot Generator!

| January 14, 2022

Steampunk may have had its big moment in the sun and moved on, but if you’re a fan, check out this steampunk plot generator! In addition to using a spreadsheet populated with some realistic Victorian-era data, it also gives you the plot in the Save the Cat! format, which means it pretty much walks you through […]

My Books for Children!

| October 28, 2021

I write quite a bit of stuff for younger readers, but much of that is short stories that are scattered here, there, and everywhere, including throughout my collections. But I also have two books that are explicitly for younger readers. The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby is a middle grade book featuring girl detectives Chrysanthemum […]

My Steampunk Books

| August 24, 2021

Steampunk is one of my big loves, with it being the genre for my published trilogy and one other book. Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering started out as a short story. Then it became a novel. Then, when asked if I had more set in this world, it became a trilogy, with Brass and […]

Coming This Fall: Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, Girl Detectives

| July 1, 2021

If you enjoyed my middle grade detective mystery, The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, you’re going to enjoy the book I’m putting out this fall: Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, Girl Detectives. This book will collect three Marsh sisters stories: “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue” (their first appearance, and the first story I ever published) […]

The Brass and Glass Trilogy

| June 1, 2021

It’s been just over three years since the second book in my Brass and Glass trilogy came out, making it about four years and two years for the other two books. It remains the most ambitious project I’ve completed to date, and it all came from a short story about a wild goose chase for a […]

TV Show Recommendation: The Nevers

| May 26, 2021

I had a lot of trepidation about watching The Nevers, knowing that Joss Whedon was involved. Because while I am a fan of a lot of Joss Whedon’s shows, I’m not a fan of his behavior, and I’ve been gradually moving away from supporting his previous projects. But The Nevers hooked me from almost the first moment, […]

A Treat for Brass and Glass Fans

| February 9, 2021

Another result of some recent cleaning I’ve been doing was finding the hard copy of a map that I sketched for the Brass and Glass series. It didn’t appear in the books because it never went farther than this very rough sketch, but in case you’ve ever wondered where the various cities in the Brass and Glass […]