Unearthly battle cries sound in the distance. “Them Yankees be comin’!” one of the men in our clan shouts. Fleeing slaves run in the direction of the river. Instead of following them, I run in the direction of the plantation house. “Whatchu doin’ girl?” Hezekiah, who is a head taller than I and easily twice my […]

One Day

Light glistens off of the crystal glasses, necklaces, and vases within the lively room. People dance, laugh, flirt, and drink as Jill watches from outside of the window. She is grateful for the dark solitude that caresses her dewy, overheated skin. “I thought that you loved dancing, Mrs. Smyth.” She glances over her shoulder at […]

Mr. Bronte

I stand in the entrance of the parsonage where four gifted young people once imagined stories so great A father’s worst nightmare is to survive his children, to be left alone to mourn for them Charlotte was the last of my children to live, being the same age as her beautiful mother at death, age thirty-eight My three girls […]

Eve & Adam – Excerpt From My Short Story

An excerpt from my short story, Eve & Adam. Please, let me know what you think!  Orange vials peek from the open glove compartment. Adam’s destiny rests inside of them. He breathes deeply, watching the flaming sun’s slow decent over the distant mountains. He will miss sunsets very much, but his unquenchable desire for death consumes […]

A Little Banff Poem

Banff’s magical energy and natural beauty drew me in from the beginning. Trance-like while dancing in the club nestled in the mountains on a Sunday night,  Anguished, broken, confused after a fateful fight, Climbing up a mountain, basking in the light, Huddled under the blankets, longing to be out of sight, Kissing, laughing, conversations that made […]

Book Cover Reveal: Eve & Adam

My sister, Jessica Kjeldsen, has designed my book cover for a short story I’m planning to publish soon. I’m really excited that Eve & Adam will be live soon – probably in November! The cover design’s whimsical, hopeful appearance is what I had hoped it would be, because it’s both ironic and symbolic. We’re both […]

Writing From The Opposite Gender’s Point Of View

There have been quite a few people whom I’ve spoken to about writing, either writers or non-writers, who have asked me if I find it difficult to write from the male perspective as a main character. My answer is always no and they seem surprised at this. There are a lot of authors who do […]