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Welcome to Twin Peaks

Recently I wrote about Star Trek‘s place in my life. But I first fell for Star Trek as a child. Some loves came into my life later. Twin Peaks premiered after I’d moved to Ohio for grad school. I’d made a few friends at Kent, but I felt alone and out of my depth in … Continue reading

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Speaking of mug shots…

Do you ever google people from your past? Hmmm? Well, okay. So. I set my novel in 1985 because that’s when I was a teen and because I didn’t want to deal with cell phones and google. I used my hometown as a starting point for my novel. But then my fictional town of Lake … Continue reading

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Why is it dark in here?

Recently I joked, “I could’ve written a light comedy.” And my husband replied, “I don’t think you have light comedy in you.” A friend said, “It’s odd because you’re a funny person.” Hey, I didn’t set out to write a dark, emotional novel. I started with an image and went from there. But I don’t … Continue reading

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Women Are Awesome. How about if We Stop Murdering Them?

I don’t remember when I started to care about women. (And I’m not going to say women’s issues because it’s not a self-contained status sort of thing. We’re half the population—-nothing special interest about that.) In grad school I complained about a professor who told the class his favorite bar was called “The Silent Woman” … Continue reading