Always a daydreamer, I’ve been writing novels for more than thirty years.



the Avenue novels


With an open heart and a willingness to forgive, you can go home again.

Driven to the edge by the dissolution of her marriage, the foreclosure of her Nob Hill penthouse, and the bankruptcy of her business, fifty-year-old Jonna Russell is left with no money and no resources. Reeling from betrayal, she secretly withdraws the deserted studio of her father—whom she believes is dead—on a neglected corner of the sprawling estate of her 90-year-old estranged mother of 30 years. Locked behind a hidden gate in a vine-covered wall on a rundown and financially ruined dead-end avenue in Santa Cruz, Jonna hopes to plan and move on before her mother or her ex-husband’s loan sharks discover her.

Like so many others during the 2009 depression, Jonna quickly learns just how difficult mere survival is, especially so in the middle of a decaying surf-town neighborhood. A dangerous drug house across the way, characters living in abandoned cars lining the avenue of more boarded-up houses than lived-in, and a mysterious stranger steer Jonna into a yearlong journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.

Battling drug dealers as she battles her own demons, Jonna works to restore her father’s garden shut away for nearly three decades. The changes she brings as she transforms the weed-choked and garbage-strewn parkland to life as a vegetable garden to feed many slowly reflect in the avenue’s outer alterations and the inner transformation she undergoes.

A dark, grown-up version of the children’s story The Secret Garden 
collides with a dangerous drug gang on an avenue of boarded-up houses 
as a mysterious stranger steers Jonna into
a yearlong journey of self-discovery and forgiveness in THE AVENUE.

Coming Winter 2017


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Parallel Lives novels


Experience the 1960s first-hand through the eyes of a mute girl and a reckless boy who are haunted by the other and the lessons they each must learn to be united.

Spanning 10 years across the ever-changing face of San Francisco when the great divide of economics and culture no longer kept people separated, no matter how different, Parallel Lives demonstrates that our chances for love and happiness are never truly over or used up. Success hangs on readiness and timing. 

Coming of age during the relative calm of the ’50s, Maj and Billy’s paths cross during the turbulent ’60s at pivotal historic moments as they each attempt to survive the edgy challenges of the great transition toward change. Now, as adults, before they can set out on their own, first they each must find and confront the unforgettable and mysterious other.

What if each of us is promised one wild and precious someone for a lifetime?
What if to seize this true love 
first both parties must undergo an arduous and dangerous journey separately? 
Would you?

A 1960s novel about parallel lives/power of communication/redemptive fire of love set against time of cataclysmic change

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