Thoughts about my work
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People sometimes ask me which of my stories are my favorite.
I don't really have an answer to that - not a simple one, anyway.
I had the most fun writing "Mabel's Promotion." At the time, it was refreshing to leave behind the romance and write something a bit more disturbing. I had written something dark before with the short story "Loralee and the Green," but that's more of a psychological thriller whereas Mabel is more outright horror, something I love and was raised watching.
Plus, part of it takes place in a movie theater, and that's one of my most favorite places in the world. Not only is a movie theater a place where we get scared, laugh, cry, and bite our nails, but my sisters and I have all worked in one, and there would even be times when I would be baby-sat in one, hopping from auditorium to auditorium, enjoying a small box of free popcorn.
I am the most surprised by the reception of "Bettina." This is a short story named after my best friend. I didn't torture myself for weeks while writing it like I had with other stories. I was definitely more laid back while writing this.
As a result, I didn't think it would be very liked by readers - I thought people would see it as weird. It wasn't universally loved, but it is definitely a favorite from my readers and has received the most praise out of all my work thus far.
I will always consider Surreal Ecstasy to be my masterpiece. It was my first novel, and in many ways I've grown as a writer since I wrote it in 2011, but on a personal, emotional level, Surreal Ecstasy is the most artistic and probably the most pure, since it was written without very much critique.
I certainly hope to improve upon my skills and produce something of even better literary quality than I have ever dreamed, and I will always strive for that.
And what about my poems? Sweet Faded Ink is a sampler only, as I wrote my first poem at age 7, a few more at age 11, then actively starting at age 15, and I wrote until I was in my early 30's or so (I'm going to be 40 next month).
There are hundreds of them.
Since they were written over a period of a couple decades, it's hard for me to discuss how I feel about my poems. They were more like pieces of a diary for me. Oftentimes when I was younger I would feel terrible and would only feel better after having written a poem or two. I only self-published these 50 sampler poems on Amazon so that my children would be able to locate them should the hard copies get lost.
Maybe one day I'll publish my entire collection, but at this time, that's not something I want to do.
Below is a listing of my work (listed from most recent release on top, to the oldest on the bottom). You can get to the Amazon ebook link by clicking on its book cover image.
(Chick Lit Short Story)
A woman decides not to be a doormat anymore, in both her dating life
and with her family.
(Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Short Story)
Two evil tribes, as well as two genders, battle for superiority
in a post-apocalyptic city.
At Any Moment
A woman celebrates her wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.
(Women's Fiction -
A young woman recovering from
dating violence and ecstasy addiction has a fresh start with a semi-famous, ex-guardian angel boyfriend and endures
old wounds, enemies, and death
as expected of someone
associated with the
unpredictable God Generation.
(Horror Short Story)
A woman working late at night
in the office discovers she's not alone in the building.
Sweet Faded Ink
(Poetry - AUDIO)
50 favorite poems written from teen years to 30's, narrated by classically-trained opera singer Mary Kathryn Monday.
Sweet Faded Ink
50 favorite poems written from teen years to 30's.
Loralee and The Green
(Horror Short Story)
A morbid young girl at a
boarding school who is being chased and terrorized by a
ghost meets a mysterious
new boy who doesn't
like to be touched.
(YA - Paranormal Romance)
Teens have magic with human limitations and uncertainty. Contains no profanity or adult situations.
(Women's Fiction - Paranormal Romance)
A young woman is overcoming a violent relationship, recreational ecstasy use, and a lonely life to free herself from her inner demons, then learns about the existence of the God Generation and meets a wonderful
man who is part of
this supernatural phenomenon.
Women are unbelievably strong.
They endure harrowing circumstances and
still live to fight another day.
My story is called "Bettina,” a post-apocalyptic tale about 2 evil tribes with different ideas about which sex should be dominant in their culture. I've been getting so much great feedback about this story that I've decided to turn it into a novel!
Get the collection by clicking on the book cover above. I hope you enjoy these stories!
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