I’ve been writing since the age of five after a family friend gave me an old typewriter, when she saw I enjoyed creating works of mystery and suspense that only a five-year-old could. I completed my first novel and started shopping it at fourteen. Imagine having to do it without the internet, Google or even Writer’s Digest. I had a lot to learn and collected many rejections, although I received advice from an agent who said I had a rare ambition for one so young. With a tape recorder (ask your grandparents) I also recorded stories, one a parody of a Star Trek: TOS episode which my oldest brother and his friend thought was hilarious. I suppose that means I invented the audio book.

In later years, I figured out mystery wasn’t my thing. It was a story by Ray Bradbury that I enjoyed that turned me towards fantasy. After writing an unpublished science-fiction epic, I completed a young adult fantasy, published by a now defunct small press. I chalk it up to a learning experience and it developed a need for me to be more cautious with my works. I feel that as an author, we must continue to learn about our craft. 

I stopped writing for a while, telling myself I’d quit until I realized you can’t quit being a writer. Your brain will always think like a writer. It was then I completed my epic fantasy Tinderbox, which is coming out Fall of 2022. Gunslinger Witch, the work I was originally shopping, was a NaNoWriMo work, and the idea came to me after researching women of color in the Old West and came upon Stagecoach Mary Fields. I knew I had to write about her! I’m still hoping it will see publication. It’s important.

On a more personal note, I’m the world’s biggest bibliophile. When I’m not writing, I indulge in my favorite pastimes, which include working in my garden, and video gaming. Come see me on Twitch as Runic Nightshade. I share my home with two cats, Cinnamon and Spice, who own the house, and my oldest brother, whom I often refer to online as Big Brother. I am the youngest and only girl in a family of three boys. I love discussing the business, so hit me up online anytime!

  • I’ve been writing since I was five.
  • Sought publication at fourteen.
  • I’m the original Delaware Native.
  • I have three brothers.
  • I’m the baby… gotta love me!
  • I’m a cat person.
  • My fur babies are Cinnamon and Spice.
  • I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor Warrior.
  • I’m an advocate for mammograms.
  • I support Black Lives Matter.
  • I’m a Libra.
  • The owl is my spirit animal.
  • I’m a night person.
  • No coffee—no talkie.
  • The world’s biggest chocoholic!
  • The world’s biggest bibliophile!
  • You better have a good damn reason for destroying a book!
  • I have almost 300 books!
  • I’m a gamer and streamer.
  • Twitch is where I stream.
  • My handle is Runic Nightshade.
  • Favorite game: Chrono Trigger.
  • I have a PS4 and gaming PC.
  • I usually play RPGs, strategy and puzzle games.
  • I’m a gardener.
  • Do not waste food around me.
  • I’m an introvert.
  • I love Hayao Miyazaki!
  • Favorite movie: Spirited Away
  • Guilty pleasures: Chernobyl Diaries.
  • Not a big TV watcher.
  • I do like the 911’s.
  • I’m an anime fan.
  • Marvel.
  • But I love me some Harley Quinn!