I am a fiction writer (genre: supernatural thriller/horror) working on my first novel. I’m about 2/3 of the way through my first draft, and hope to have that finished in about 6 months. I am also a registered  pharmacist and work full time. I am the mother of one grown daughter and have many interests including photography, swimming, tennis, biking, reading fiction and nonfiction – (I love biographies and books on the craft of writing), computers, cooking, and watching suspense, horror, science fiction, and crime (thriller) movies. I am fairly active on Facebook and somewhat active on Twitter. I enjoy sharing information on social media networks and hope to meet other aspiring authors as well as published authors of any genre.

Many books, short stories, and some great films have influenced my writing. Authors include Edgar Allen Poe (“The Tell Tale Heart” is my favorite), Stephen King (especially “Pet Sematary”), Barry Hammond’s “Cold Front,” Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, and many others including works by Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and readings from the Bible and Book of Mormon. Films include “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte,” “What’s the Matter with Helen?,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” series, “Stigmata,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Green Mile,” and “Half-Moon Street.” I am also a big fan of Suspense Magazine and Writer’s Digest.

In addition, books and websites related to the craft and marketing of writing and on e-media have added greatly to the body of knowledge I am accumulating to construct a viable and saleable work of fiction. Those include but are not limited to “90 Days to your Novel,” “Writing the Breakout Novel,” “Writing Fiction for Dummies,” and Stephen King’s “On Writing.” I also follow the websites and commentary (via Writer’s Digest, Facebook, and Twitter) of Jane Friedman (who I feel is a visionary), Phil Sexton, Chuck Sambuchino, Dan Blank, and many others who have proven to be invaluable resources in the business of writing, marketing, finding an agent, and getting published.

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