Current Writing Projects

Nettle Soup

A weathered barn door.

Nettle Soup shows the parallel journeys of Dawn Perkins and the commune she founded. As Dawn fights to uphold her values, the commune fights to balance living well with living light on the land.

The fiery Dawn Perkins has strong beliefs and a strong ethic. She values honesty, hard work, self-sacrifice, community, and living light on the Earth–her way. But ten years after she founded The Legacy, a commune on the isolated homestead where she grew up, things go terribly wrong. If something doesn’t change soon, Dawn will lose everything. And so will the other seventeen people who call this corner of Earth their home–seventeen people, who in Dawn’s opinion, just won’t do what the Covenant says.

But sometimes solutions come from letting go. 

–I am seeking representation.

Cult by Degrees

Monica Norland is a professor in an otherwise all-male STEM department. She has long considered home life as an impediment to her career, starting with the daughter who was foisted on her when she was a young post-doc by her irresponsible sister. But when Monica’s grants go dry, she discovers that the institution to which she devoted her life gives nothing back. Academics is a cult–and worse, she has been an avid participant by inculcating new members, worshiping its leaders, maintaining hierarchy, and living against her better judgement. When her home becomes overrun with unwelcome residents–her “daughter,” who has returned from a commune with a baby, and three other clueless women–Monica’s only retreat is gone. As Monica, her mother, and her daughter deal with her sister’s mistake, Monica constructs rich stories to try to break free from the cult and her regrets, and into a more balanced life.

–I am seeking representation.

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