WRITING

Short Story Life Lessons, can be found on Amazon in Saturday Evening Post Publication

Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post 2015

Novels

Wings is the story of a unique connection between a brother and sister raised on a small island in the Azores, who make a promise to one another to follow their dreams. Frank wants to become a pilot, Lillie, a radio operator. Both have difficult obstacles to their paths. Both want to find love, family and the life they feel destined for. Lillie is devastated when her brother’s plane is lost and she becomes derailed by the tragedy. She must prove herself as she fights to get back on course and find the life she was meant to have. Years later, when her own husband’s plane goes down, she must find the message through the ether, on her radio, that will save him.

Swan Diaries explores the journey of two lovers separated by war. One is a World War II hero turned deserter, the other the wife that waits for him at home. The torture Ben has suffered in a prison camp, drives him into a daring escape into Switzerland where he hides out with the woman who saved his life. As he struggles to repay her kindness, the boundaries of his identity become blurred. In the meantime, Victoria is doing her best to survive in a changed England. She has been told Ben is dead, but continues to dream about him in the cottage that is their home on Eel Pie Island. Her Swiss psychoanalyst tries to convince her to let Ben go. While exploring her own identity, she becomes a photographer.  This unusual love story follows the plight of British deserters after the second World War. Ben and Victoria must find out who they are after the world has fallen apart and what their love means.

Three Steps of the Sun is a historical novel reimagining the life of Mary Watts, the artist and wife of G.F. Watts whose Celtic inspired designs found their way into rugs, furniture and pottery of the late Victorian period and beyond. It was her design of the Watts Cemetery Chapel in Compton, however, which stands today as perhaps the greatest example of Art Noveau architecture and interior decoration in England. The challenging relationship between the two artists, one, the famous G.F. Watts, revered in his own time, an elder statesman of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and the visionary artist/wife who was thirty years younger. 

Other Writing:

I”m  working on cento poetry using my collection of Chinese and Japanese poetry of the fourth to fourteenth century. 

We Were Happy

A bird cries out.

Wild geese fly south

Where the wind blows.

Rivers flow to the sea.

The city is silent.

Something best forgotten.

Arm in arm

Singing

Betelgeuse and Antares

We were happy.

Troubled Night

Troubled night.

I should not have waited.

Now to meet only in dreams.

The current of the mountain stream.                

The endless, oblivious business of the world.

To write a poem

In the night.