New Mexico sunset, 2019.



In my writing, I bring these three together.

I have been writing all my life although I began trying to publish my fiction only recently. My story ideas usually start with a “what if?” question. For example, what if we encountered alien life forms with a copper-based oxygen transport instead of hemoglobin? The result: “The Silver Strands of Alpha Crucis-d,” published by
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2016.

I may have taken a convoluted path to arriving at writing speculative fiction, but now that I have, I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner because I’m having so much fun!

Asking “what if” questions is an important part of engaging in scientific research, which is what I did for many years. After earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, I went to work for a large chemical company and spent twenty-five years engaged in research. In 2012, I earned a master’s degree in English from the University of West Florida (UWF), and I’ve been writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry ever since. I teach classes in organic chemistry and writing for STEM majors as an Adjunct Instructor at UWF. When I’m not writing or teaching, I like to do artwork. For five years, I was a member of Quayside Art Gallery in Pensacola until recently when I moved to New Mexico. My artwork is now at The Gallery ABQ, 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Book signing in Pittsburg at the Nebulas.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. I am so excited to have found Incense Rising. I knew how much you loved writing because whether you have noticed it yourself or not, I swear to God you are giddy when you teach English. I cannot wait to read your book.
    I hope you find a place like Pot Roast & Pinot in New Mexico! ❤


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