PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF WICK
Celebrating the diverse and unique state in which I was raised, I write contemporary, Texas-set fiction.
In addition to writing, I have been a full-time professor of English at Blinn College in Texas since 2003 and serve on faculty of the San Miguel Literary Sala. I have articles published in Woman’s World, Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Southern Writers, Texas Town & City, and The Daily Yonder. 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 journals such as South Texas Studies, Whitefish Review, Vending Machine Press, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Burnt Pine, Women in Higher Education, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum, Whitefish Review, Peregrine, 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 writing textbooks available, respectively, by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton. The Writing and Wellness, Today’s Learner, 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 and am a Teaching Excellence Award winner. I also present at education and technology conferences and was a 2018 Key West Literary Seminar Teacher Scholarship recipient.
Want to listen to conversations with me? Check out these FREE podcasts: Readers Entertainment Radio, People Who Know Stuff, Author2Author, and Ideas to Books. Also, check out these recordings: West Texas Book Festival and San Miguel Literary Sala.
Young Adult Projects
In this set of contemporary novels, readers follow high school characters coming of age in south/west Texas towns. Each novel offers a slice-of-life view into the lives of teenagers on the cusp of maturing, through first jobs and first loves, all while they learn to navigate a world of cultural tension along the Texas/Mexico border.
Safe is a Home follows Tye, whose void of a mysteriously absent father drives bad choices until a new girl-next-door helps him learn how to break the false maxim of “blood binds.”
Sweet is the Calm is Lyndon’s summer of love story, one where his impromptu heroics land a job on the dairy farm owned by the father of his long-time crush.
Swift is the Night (alt. title Blown) tests Cooper’s resolve and Marissa’s strength when a secret and a late night accident threaten to affect more than just their budding relationship.
Finding True North
Single mom Paige Fredrick is trying to navigate life post divorce when she reconnects with Everett, but she’ll have to make some tough choices to find her “true north.”
TEXAS SISTERS, BOOK ONE | RELEASE DATE: APRIL 12, 2018
When a student attacks college professor Mallory Fredrick on social media, she takes a forced sabbatical and retreats to Texas, but sparks fly with her moving man during a road trip which makes her reconsider home.
TEXAS SISTERS, BOOK TWO | RELEASE DATE: JULY 26, 2018
On the Market
Vegetarian Valerie falls for local barbeque brother Hutch in Last Stand, Texas, but their sweet and saucy styles don’t initially mix.
TEXAS BBQ BROTHERS, BOOK ONE | RELEASE DATE: JULY 11, 2019
Off the Market
Bookworm Quinn needs help from local barbeque brother Cole to save the library’s summer children’s program and her own reputation.
TEXAS BBQ BROTHERS, BOOK TWO | RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 13, 2019
A jilted bride’s twin sister takes the Key West honeymoon intended for her, leading to island surprises and a tropical romance but with an expiration date.
STAND ALONE | RELEASE DATE: MAY 14, 2021
Danica’s visit to the hunky new optometrist in town leads to more than a new pair of glasses when she and Dr. Grady Urban partner on a literacy initiative and autumn festival at the local school.
STAND ALONE | RELEASE DATE: MAY 26, 2023
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 . . . twenty countries, five continents . . . and counting!
Lake Como, Italyeurope
Monteverde, Costa Ricaamericas
Angkor Wat, Cambodiaasia
Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailandasia
Village near Iquitos, Amazonamericas
Machu Picchu, Peruamericas peru
Near Salzburg, Austriaeurope
Pelican Book Group
Also Cengage and W.W. Norton
(for college textbook essays)