PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF WICK
Celebrating the diverse and unique state in which I was raised, I write Texas-set young adult fiction. My current full-lengths include three south/west Texas coming-of-age novels which are under publication consideration at major publishing houses.
In addition to writing, I have been a full-time professor of English and kinesiology instructor at Blinn College in central Texas since 2003. I co-edited Schulenburg: Halfway to Everywhere and have had articles published in such magazines as Texas, Texas Town & City, The Daily Yonder, and Mature Years.
My work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinel, The Houston Chronicle, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Huntsville Item newspapers and various academic journals such as South Texas Studies, Vending Machine Press, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Burnt Pine , and The International Journal of the Book. My narrative essay “The Siren Call of the Bingo Hall” is part of Course Reader: Rhetorical Modes and The Norton Mix, two college freshman writing textbooks available, respectively, by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton.
Ghostwriting projects include a newspaper medical column for a University of Texas Medical Branch rural training track clinic and articles on travel, fashion, and finance for a popular women’s blog. The Engaging Minds, Turnitin, and Destination Go blogs carry my work. Professionally, I have authored college writing and teaching curriculum for Bedford/St. Martin’s and Wadsworth/Cengage, with my most notable work being research training videos in Questia, the world’s largest online library, and the TeamUP on-demand Faculty Professional Development Portal.
I have also been a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at English composition and technology conferences.
Just as my characters explore the world around them, readers can too. Consider planning your own trip to Texas using the resources of our Texas Tourism Office. A free Texas Travel Guide is a great way to get started.
Traveling is part of my life’s journey. Here are photos from some of my recent international trips . . . nineteen countries, four continents . . . and counting!