Christmas presentes


I wanted to get you something for the holidays and thought why not share my writing? So here are my Christmas gifts to you — three of my flash fiction short stories:


Madison Capitol building



“A Kwiki” – takes place in Madison, Wisconsin and plays with the idea of conformity.


Santa Mug



“Jessie’s Jelly Joint” – is a whimsical, award-winning short story about a traditional writer corrupted by technology.




Sunset at Laguna Beach


“Daniel’s Voice” –  was inspired by my quest for finding my own voice as a writer.




I hope you enjoy them and have a very Merry Holiday Season!



Where you can find me when after the holidays:


The Authors Show LogoListen to my interview with Linda Thompson on The Authors Show anytime. We discuss Carpe Diem, Illinois, my writing process and more.


Literary Mary Chats LogoRead more about me in Literary Mary Chats with Kristin Oakley.


Party with me at the Eighth Annual Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards – January 19, 2019, The Book Cellar, Chicago’s Lincoln Square. A wonderful night to celebrate amazing authors!


For writers – incredible conferences in 2019 (also great Christmas present ideas for the writer in your life):


Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers ConferenceJust Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference 2019 – March 16 – 17, 2019, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago. Great workshops on the craft of writing, plus book signings and a live lit event. I’m looking forward to teaching my cliffhanger workshop and curating the live lit event.


UW-Madison's 30th Annual Writers' Institute LogoUW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies 30th Annual Writers Institute – April 4 – 7, 2019 Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI. Workshops on everything from craft to marketing to pitching to publishing. I’ll be on the “Celebrating Your Book: Festivals and Readings Panel” with Author Shannon Henry Kleiber, helping writers hone their pitches, running the book day events, and judging the Live Lit Event with Author Silvia Acevedo.


Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat – May 19 – 25, 2019, Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, Wisconsin. I’ll be on a self-publishing panel with Authors Nicole Pierce and Melissa Haag and presenting my workshop titled “The Formula for Settings Agents, Editors, and Readers Love”.

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