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The Marsh Sisters and Their Adventures

| October 3, 2019

The Marsh sisters, Chrysanthemum and Marigold, were the first characters I wrote when I started getting serious about my writing. Since then, they’ve dealt with a thief in the mechanical garden in “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” a clockwork monkey acting up in “The Marvelous Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” and a missing […]

Steampunk Technology, Real and Imagined

| May 16, 2019

The steampunk technology that I write into my novels and stories is often partially real and partially imagined. For The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, the idea of the clockwork animals was pulled primarily from my imagination–while it’s certainly possible to have mechanical or robotic animals with modern technology, I used a lot of hand waving […]

Winter Reads: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| December 20, 2018

Mystery, steampunk, and clever girls? You’ll find all that and more in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby! Written for a middle grade audience, folks of all ages will enjoy the investigations of Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, girl detectives who make their home in the mechanical garden! This is the first full-length adventure of the Marsh […]

Now in Paperback: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby!

| October 23, 2018

When I first published The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, I did my own cover. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the best plan, as it didn’t look good when I got a proof copy of the print book. So I made a plan to have an artist re-do the cover later. That’s finally happened. The inestimable Leigh Legler […]

The Marsh Sisters are Coming Back!

| March 29, 2018

The protagonists of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, Marigold and Chrysanthemum Marsh, are at it again! Their latest tale of excitement and mystery, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” has been accepted for publication! I’ll give more details once the contract is signed, but suffice it to say, I’m excited to get another tale […]

Thinking about Steampunk

| December 19, 2017

At Anglicon a couple of weekends ago, I took part in a panel on steampunk with Jeffrey Cook and Andy Wolf. One of the things that we discussed during the course of it was on a scale of H. G. Wells to Jules Verne, where does your steampunk fall? (The abbreviated explanation on that scale […]

Dissecting a Book Cover: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| November 16, 2017

We recently went on vacation to one of our favorite spots, the Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale, Oregon. It’s one of the McMenniman’s properties, using the renovated buildings from the old Multnomah County Poor Farm. While we were there, I remembered that one of the trees on the property is the tree that I photographed to […]

The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby now available!

| July 12, 2016

If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you might recognize the protagonists of my new novella, just out today! The Marsh sisters, who debuted in my very first published short story, “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” are back in action in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby! From the book: “Chrysanthemum and Marigold […]

June 2016 recap

| June 30, 2016

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 14 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 20 (My numbers seem off, but I can’t figure out why right now.) June wound up being a strange month, in which I didn’t […]