If you’re guessing that’s elephant dung in my hands, you’re right! How it came to be there is another story.
I’m blessed to work in a variety of areas including poetry, speculative and fabulist fiction, and essays on such diverse topics as therapeutic horseback riding, canine epilepsy, dementia, and elephants.
My latest book, ELEPHANT SPEAK: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd (March 2020, Ooligan Press), tells the true-life story of Roger Henneous, who for 30 years cared for the largest breeding herd of elephants in North America. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of elephant management, Henneous inspired generations of animal care professionals, and received the R. Marlin Perkins Certificate of Excellence, the Zookeeper of the Year Award, the Edward H. Bean Award from the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, and the Certificate of Merit for “devoted efforts in managing the Asiatic elephant.”
My other work has appeared online and in over a dozen publications including JEMA (Journal of the Elephant Managers Association), Wild Musette, Animal Bliss, JAGS (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society), Chicken Soup for the Soul, Allegory, The Drunken Odyssey, ASPCA’s Animal Watch, and in the collections Darling Wendy and Other Stories, Three on a Match, and Tricks & Treats: Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors. I cut my professional writing teeth on media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2.
My short story “Darling Wendy” won First Prize in the New England Writers Network 2002 Short Story Contest. Novellas “The Cellar” and “Thicker Than Water” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and “Thicker Than Water” was a finalist in the Omnidawn 2018 Fabulist Fiction Contest.
Next to writing, my favorite things are to be among animals and in the wild. I enjoy baking, value my close friends as pearls beyond price, and cherish a strong cup of hot black tea with milk. A proud native of Upstate New York, I currently reside in Ohio.