A Cover Reveal

I’m still quite humbled to be included with the acclaimed poets in this anthology. The tagline is, “Words can kill, but words can also heal.” Conceived in response to a brutal gang-rape in India, it features some of the world’s greatest living poets: • Nat’l Endowment for the Arts, Faulkner, Mslexia, and Parallel recipient, Jane Satterfield; • U.S. Dept of Education Blue Ribbon recipient, Linda … Continue reading A Cover Reveal


Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify

Let me enchant you with the art and love of Sara and Shane Scribner in my latest for Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine on newsstands and online (cover and pp. 8-9): And I’ll creep you out with a tale I read for radio in 2013, “Dolls” by Drake Vaughan on the UK’s Tales to Terrify. It’s about 2 minutes in, I think: If you enjoy the show, … Continue reading Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify

Reeds by Chihuly at the OKC Museum of Art

Querying One at a Time

(Featured image: Reeds 2002 by Dale Chihuly at the OKC Museum of Art) Querying a book is a mental game. You’re opening yourself up for rejection. Just remember that you did a great thing: you wrote a book. Hopefully you’ve put it through several edits yourself. But querying is a separate art altogether. One step of the process nobody talks about is research. Don’t waste … Continue reading Querying One at a Time


The Best Advice

Quite by surprise, I’m being published again later this month. I love writing six-word memoirs and the biggest purveyor of them, Smith Magazine, is featuring one of mine in their latest collection with St. Martin’s Press along with sixes by Goldie Hawn, Mollie Ringwald, Madeline Albright, Piper Kerman, etc. I’m so honored. It’s available everywhere on November 3rd and under $10 for the hardcover if … Continue reading The Best Advice

Chihuly at MOKA

Tactical Happenstance

How do you discover books?  I don’t mean reading the next title from a fave author, I mean finding a new voice. Sometimes I find them unexpectedly, quite by happenstance.  This month for ionOklahoma, I focused on two books I never expected: I’m beginning the query process for Paradox socially. With my wonderful publisher inactive (except for her own books), I’m forced again into the … Continue reading Tactical Happenstance