Welcome to my author website!

I'm the author of The Geography of Water, a novel (University of Alaska Press). I've also published several short stories and essays in anthologies and journals. 

My memoir, FIRE IN THE HEART; a memoir of friendship, loss, and wildfire, was just sold to Arcade. Release date September 5, 2017.

Latest News

No readings scheduled. Contact me if you would like one, or if you'd like me to come to your book club.

Many people have asked about replying to blog posts. The reason I don't have that enabled on here is that I already get spammed by companies wanting me to hire them to increase my web presence. I'm afraid I'd just get trolls. But trust me, I answer every email. Go to the contact me tab and send me a note. I promise to answer, unless you are selling something.

Need a blurb for your book? I know how hard it can be to get those, for some of us who cringe at cold calling. I would like to pay it forward. If you've written an adventure memoir or a work of literary fiction, please ask! I don't generally read science fiction, history tomes, or historical fiction.


Upcoming work:

My next ms is being sent out to publishers. Fingers crossed that this will be another book. In the meantime, I am working on a novel. Contact me if you want to talk about anything writing related! I love to hear from writers and readers.

Thanks to Old Harbor Books in Sitka, AK for a lovely, sunny reading!

Thanks to my lovely hosts in Marquette, Michigan  Peter White Library,and Falling Rock Cafe in Munising! http://fallingrockcafe.com/bookstore/. It was a fun time reading!

Thanks to Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum, Idaho for a snowy but fun book signing. If you are interested in a book signing, please click the contact me tab and type away. Also, please support local, independent bookstores by asking them to stock the book.

I will be doing several readings and co-teaching a writing workshop in Joseph, Oregon, in March. These are local events. Completed: thanks to everyone who attended!

I will be a featured writer in the First Draft Writers Series in Pendleton, Oregon, on March 17th. More to come as the event is publicized. Here is the link: 

http://pendletonarts.org/index_files/first_draft.htm Completed! Thanks for the opportunity!

Here is the link to an interview with Shelf Unbound Magazine: 


Here is the interview link from the Wallowa County Chieftain: http://www.wallowa.com/life/20151027/joseph-author-took-long-winding-roa...

Here is the link to the recent radio interview with KCAW, Raven Radio (Sitka):  http://www.kcaw.org/2015/11/25/the-geography-of-water-a-love-story-to-so...