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I'm not judging you, I swear. I always look like this.

I'm not judging you, I swear. I always look like this.

Hey.

I'm a writer and I'm currently in the process of querying agents for my first manuscript. Technically, it's not my first completed manuscript, but it's the first one I felt was ready to be queried for mainstream publication.

I write many things, but lately erotic romance/new adult is where I'm focused. My style tends to be more sarcastic than what you might ordinarily read in those genres. I can't help that, I'm from New Jersey and sarcasm is a birthright and a survival skill here. (I can also change three lanes of traffic at 75 mph in a minivan, in bumper-to-bumper traffic at rush hour, but please don't ask me to hyphenate something correctly). 

I'm now working on a second new adult/erotic romance that follows the one I've just written, and I've also written a monster of an urban (I think?) fantasy novel that's nowhere near ready to be queried. Someday it will be. I've got half of another fantasy romance written, too. I write a lot, is basically what I'm trying to say.

I also wrote one hell of a long Twilight fic called Osa Bella (you can Google it, but be warned it has some very explicit content so please be of age). Writing Osa Bella is how I decided that I should try to write actual books. I was so obsessed with writing that thing, I realized then that I could write the rest of my days and be a very happy woman. So that's my plan.

I admit I'm not a very good Twilight fan, though I can't rightfully deny being a fan, either. Nobody writes 180,000 words of Twific without being a fan. I think I see myself as more of a bewildered friend of the fandom. I am a HUGE fan of and former participant in the Twilight fanfic community. Those people know exactly what creative community is all about and I will forever be grateful to the friends and support I found there.

I originally wrote Twific because I read the entire Twilight saga and despite my criticism of it, I couldn't stop reading it and I couldn't stop thinking about it after I'd finished. What still amazes me about Twilight is how many of us had that same exact response. I've tried to understand it, and this is as close as I've come to an explanation: I thought the idea of a vampire who tries to be a decent person despite his nature was a great idea. I thought I could write that story in a way I personally liked better. So I did. Then when it was over, I realized I should just write, you know, books. Original ones. So I did.

I happen to love a good, well-written fantasy (LotR, anyone?), but I am not much of a fan of typical fantasy prose. I can't even read Game of Thrones. I dig literary fiction but get easily annoyed when prose is too clever, too. That's just my taste, not a comment on how good or bad any of those things are. There are lots of great books (and bands) that I know are great that I just don't like for no good reason. I'm a picky bastard, basically. 

I love a story that's well constructed, where the characters come to life and the writing gets out of the way. I adored The Magicians by Lev Grossman because of his prose style applied to the fantasy genre. I guiltily admit that I flounce books easily, even those by authors I love like Junot Diaz. (For whatever reason, I'm still not through Pulitzer Prize-winning Oscar Wao. And I greatly enjoy reading that book.) I have big, undying love for Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets graphic novel series, too. In fact, their work was a major creative influence on me when I was young and still is.

I studied English Lit at UMASS, Amherst back in the day and was a total Arthurian Legends dork. I wanted to be a novelist back then but I was too young. (I'm not saying there's an age requirement or anything, I'm just saying that I was too young to be any good at writing books when I was 19 or 22.) I didn't want to teach English, so after I graduated I went and did a lot of other things instead, some of them terribly interesting and others not. 

I fronted a Jersey-based indie rock band that played from Baltimore to Boston for many years and now, years later, I find myself writing about those times with all the self-indulgent glee in the world. The novel I'm querying now is based largely on those experiences which is why it was so damned fun to write. My band is pulling together to play this summer. There's more information about that here.

Me, circa 1989 on the lower east side, Manhattan.

Me, circa 1989 on the lower east side, Manhattan.

I have a day job and a family and a dog. I will most likely write about my kids here, twin boys I call Doot and Bing online. They are five now and the loves of my life, and their Dad is pretty great too (he's the hair I mean guitarist in that photo above, actually). I tried to do a Mommy Blog when I was pregnant and they were first born, and then I realized that Mommy blogs pretty much depress me so I pulled it and started writing fic instead and now here we are.

Here are Doot and Bing. They rock. 

Doot and Bing

Doot and Bing

Mason, the best ever dog

Mason, the best ever dog

I live not all that far from Manhattan, even closer to Brooklyn. I curse a lot. I drink all the coffee. Thanks a ton for stopping by.