Short reads are beginnings, middles and in some cases complete vignettes. Some will become a novel, but others, maybe not.
It Started With Ayesha
A move from the suburbs changes the trajectory of a young man's romantic future.
Better Left Unsaid
A young woman considers whether to reveal an almost certainly devastating secret she's kept from her best friend for years.
Bright Young Things
A small-town detective begins to unravel the mystery of a missing girl in a small community that harbors dark secrets. This was the beginning of one of my YA books that I never finished.
People You Don't See
A woman unobtrusive to everyone around her considers the secrets of her neighbors to help solve a murder.
A shy college freshman loses her only friend unexpectedly.
Annie lives a charmed life in a city she loves, with friends and a full social calendar. In the same city, her sister Lori lives as well. But Lori is a schizophrenic and Annie has told few of her friends she even has a sibling. But when Lori gets pregnant and moves in with her, Annie must confront the reality of her own superficial life and learn the true meaning of family.
Death was not at all what Sophia expected. There are no bright lights, spirit guides or feelings of well-being. Instead there is weightlessness, timelessness and a sense of being connected at all times to people who were important in her mortal life. She waits and expects to be taken somewhere else, but no one comes and finally she realizes why she is still here. Her attacker is planning his next murder and it is her job to keep it from happening.
A girl and her sister move to a new town after their father's death. This was the beginning of something I wrote under a pen name for Chainbooks, when I was toying with the idea of writing YA fiction.
Tricks of Light
Dale's arch-nemesis when she was a teenager was Jordan, a strangely mature, vindictive girl who was later killed in a car accident. Now, many years later, Dale meets Tina, who not only bears a striking resemblance to Jordan, but has many of the same disturbing characteristics as well. As Dale grows more and more convinced that Tina is, inexplicably, Jordan, her life (and maybe her grip on reality) begins to unravel.
Josh is driving across country with a girl who answered his posting on the shared ride board at his college to take the long trek from Oakland to Washington DC. Dylan is pretty, funny and has a job waiting for her working for a congressman. She seems a lot more together than Josh himself and he is impressed with her until, gradually, as the hours pass and she becomes more comfortable, begins to reveal secrets about herself, each more disturbing than the previous, leaving Josh wondering whether he will even make it to his destination.
Brittany works the late shift at the only all-night convenience store in her small town. Through her job she witnesses the idiosyncrasies of the town inhabitants and learns her fair share of secrets – like who’s having an affair or drinking way too much. When a young college co-ed has goes missing and is presumed dead, Brittany plays an idle game with Josh, one of her co-workers; they speculate that there may be a killer among their neighbors. But as she and Josh begin to perceive hints of a dark side to many of their neighbors’ harmless peccadilloes, they wonder whether the person responsible for the co-ed’s disappearance may not in fact be as everyone in town assumes, a stranger.
Steal Him Away
About a year ago, a friend of a friend of mine visited her cousin in Brazil for what was to have been a week. During that week, she managed to "steal" her cousin's fiancée, marry him and move back to the States where they now live with their new baby. The story so fascinated me, that I tried to imagine in fiction how such a thing could be pulled off, and how one would live with having done such a thing. That led to me beginning this story.
Hayley Fields lives in a privileged world of private schools, European vacations and wealthy pop stars who simply are your friends’ parents. When one of her schoolmates is abducted and raped and then miraculously recovered alive after thirty-seven days, Hayley’s near-idyllic world is opened just a crack. Soon, some of life’s harsher realities begin to make that crack a fissure. Her best friend’s eating disorder, news of a parent’s extra-marital affair and an on-campus suicide all conspire to teach her lessons about life she would have preferred not to have known.