The day I found Mama stirring ground glass into the filling for a lemon meringue pie, I took the bowl away from her and called a family conference. We had to do something before she dispatched some poor, unsuspecting soul to his heavenly rest and got herself thrown so far back into prison she couldn’t see daylight. 

~ from “Hell on Wheels, ” MURDER ON WHEELS (Wildside, 2015)


A friend tells me she recognizes the real people, places, events in my fiction.

That’s because I write what I know.

But fiction is fiction.

Take, for example, my story “Hell on Wheels”: Although I was a librarian, I never found my mother stirring ground glass into pie filling, and I certainly never tried to push her over the edge of Paradise Bluff.

The following are some of my mostly-not-the-truth publications.


“A Nice Set of Wheels” and “Hell on Wheels”

The eleven stories in Murder on Wheels put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you’ll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride!

Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move is a solidly good anthology from eight talented authors and one that is well worth your time.” ~ Kevin Tipple, Flash Bang Mysteries

Read an excerpt from “A Nice Set of Wheels” here.

Read an excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” here.

MURDER ON WHEELS is available from Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and BookPeople (paperback).


“I’ll Be a Sunbeam,” in Kaye George’s crime fiction anthology, DAY OF THE DARK. Coming from Wildside Press, July 21, 2017:

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Total Solar Eclipse (Photo credit: Wikipedia). By Weiβ {{PD-old-70}}


“And Justice for All” online in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 issue of Mysterical-E.


I’ve also published bits of memoir in Story Circle Network’s True Words Anthology and Journaland book reviews for Story Circle on Amazon.


Launch party for MURDER ON WHEELS, August 2015