My writing career began in middle school with a collection of horror stories I called “Tales of Terror.” These consisted of three issues of three stories written on notebook paper and stapled together. I passed them around to my classmates and asked for feedback, most of it positive.

Television influenced me, especially Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, but also Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and One Step Beyond. Authors who shaped my writing include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Madeleine L’Engle.

I’ve worked as a freelance magazine writer, exotic dancer, artist model, secretary, and substitute teacher. Besides writing dark fiction, I also write screenplays and the occasional play and poem. My short screenplay, “Cemetery,” won second place in The Writers Place short screenplay/teleplay competition (2004), and my 10-minute play, “Brides of Deceit” (based on Agamemnon), was part of One Night With You, a local production, in 2007.