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My debut novel is HERE!

April 17, 2023

Hi, friends! I have a few exciting announcements this week. NEWS: A premature book release (hey, it happens…) EVENT: Anniversary for the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco EVENT: Book launch and signing on May 19, Copperfield’s, Santa Rosa SNEAK PEAK: Maps! Melissa’s shiny side quests NEWS Announcing the EARLY RELEASE of Nothing Left But Dust I’m excited (and a little embarrassed)…

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Get an Advanced Reader Copy of Nothing Left But Dust

February 10, 2023

Calling all reviewers! Nothing Left But Dust is nearly ready for release, and I could use your help. In order for the book to be successful, let’s work together to get it to the top of its category lists on Amazon! Here’s how it works: Sign up using this form to join the ARC list…

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Nothing Left But Dust Cover reveal is HERE!

February 10, 2023

Cover reveal I’m beyond thrilled to release the cover art for my debut novel, Nothing Left But Dust. It features a photograph of Market Street and the Ferry Building after the earthquake. I don’t have a record of who the photographer was, but I can only imagine the fear and fascination of wandering those streets…

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Cover reveal of Nothing Left But Dust in 3 days

February 7, 2023

This space has been a bit too quiet. I’ve been pretty active lately getting ready for the release of my first novel, Nothing Left But Dust. In a few days I will be revealing the cover art. I’m dying to know what people think! Watch this space or subscribe to the email list for updates.

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild

April 25, 2019

After losing our home in the Tubbs fire in October of 2017, we finally just broke ground on our rebuild a few weeks ago and are scheduled to pour our foundation in about a week – over 18 months later. But back then, we didn’t necessarily know what we were going to do. Should we…

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1906 Earthquake Commemoration and Lyrics to “San Francisco”

April 17, 2019

The Annual 1906 Earthquake Commemoration Every year in the early morning hours of April 18th, a group of people gather at Lotta’s Fountain in San Francisco to commemorate the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fires. It’s not a large group – sometimes it seems like the press outnumber the attendees. Folks, many who have…

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Be Bold

How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #4 Be Bold

April 5, 2019

Fighting the Urge to Fade Into the Background When you’ve been through some really hard shit, it’s really really easy to want to put on some camouflage and fade into the background. And by all means, if you are still in survival mode, allow yourself that time. I needed it. A lot of it. I…

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Melissa and Emily

How to Recover from Trauma: Tip #3 Make New Friends

March 14, 2019

When You Leave Your Old Life Behind When you go through a trauma, it creates a rift in your life. For me anyway, there is the life I had before the fire and my son being born, and there is the life I have after. It’s not even like two different chapters, it’s like two…

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Raku pottery

Raku: The Japanese Pottery Style that Speaks Volumes

March 10, 2019

How We Are Like Pottery You don’t have to literally survive a fire or be a super deep thinker to get it. It’s not really a big stretch. Pottery is fragile until it’s been fired. Clay is carefully sculpted with an attentive touch and only holds its shape when it’s put in a kiln at…

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Quiet Lightning

Be Alive, Don’t Just Survive

March 7, 2019

Inspiration can come from anywhere I recently attended Quiet Lightning‘s event Sparkle & Blink 98, a curated submission-based reading of writers and poets in San Francisco. I haven’t been to a reading event in a while, so this was a really great event to attend. I got to meet other writers and get inspired on…

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