Unpacking LGBTQ Characters in Thriller Fiction
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Unpacking LGBTQ Characters in Thriller Fiction

As an LGBTQ author with a queer-lead psychological thriller novel debuting soon—TANGLED DARKNESS (July 2025)—I’m grateful to have a role in the progression of authentic, nuanced LGBTQ characterization in popular thriller fiction. I’ve recently looked back on the history of LGBTQ representation in thrillers since the 1960s. Mind you, this isn’t an exhaustive review nor…

Making Some Progess
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Making Some Progess

I’m thrilled to share that the revisions I made earlier this year to TANGLED DARKNESS might be propelling me closer to publication. In all honesty, I hadn’t anticipated the domino effect that would result from a professional manuscript edit. The process entailed several thorough read-throughs of the entire story, but it didn’t stop there. Every…

ADDICTION AND CORRUPTION IN Tangled Darkness
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ADDICTION AND CORRUPTION IN Tangled Darkness

Addiction is a chronic, recurring condition defined by compulsive behavior, such as the persistent seeking and use of alcohol in the case of alcoholism, despite the negative repercussions. In my work, TANGLED DARKNESS, addiction is a prevalent theme, with various characters grappling with different forms of addiction, including pathological gambling, severe opiate use disorder, alcoholism,…

The Road to Redemption
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The Road to Redemption

Thoughts on Themes from Tangled Darkness In TANGLED DARKNESS, an 87,000-word psychological thriller, various characters grapple with challenging pasts. These include early losses that shape their inner narratives, early exposure to authority figures marred by narcissism and corruption, and the impact of parental substance abuse on child development. Numerous factors contribute to shaping an individual’s…

Polish Your Pitch
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Polish Your Pitch

Twitter may be a controversial platform lately, but it’s still a place where numerous pitch eventsoccur — opportunities to try your hand at gaining an agent or editor’s attention. There are several Pitch events happening on the internet, and I recently learned not all of them are onTwitter.Checkout this site: https://savvyauthors.com/community/classes/2023-autumn-pitchfest.1987/ Right — from October…

The Story Arc; SinC Class
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The Story Arc; SinC Class

I’ve been a member of Sisters in Crime for nearly three years. It’s a national organization withmany local chapters. Their mission is “to promote the advancement, recognition, andprofessional development of women crime writers.” They’ve been so useful, generous, andhelpful in my ‘learning to write’ effort. It’s difficult to cover all the benefits of membership.Recently, I…

The Setup: Agent Feedback
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The Setup: Agent Feedback

There’s an interesting resource known as The Manuscript Academy that offered a SubmissionStrategy workshop a few months ago. I posted some thoughts about having attended that,including some of the ‘lessons learned’ in my first newsletter.’Another service this group offers is project review and feedback from an agent or editor (or asmany as you’d like) on…

Musings of a Retired Psychiatrist | Episode 1
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Musings of a Retired Psychiatrist | Episode 1

Where Have I Been? I pulled up a chair, facing the client with no obstacle between us. Okay, she’s not a client. Let’s call her a ‘friend’ who’s here again for another supportive session. She’s been taking the road less traveled lately. One that’s usually unknown to those millennials and gen-Xers. It’s filled with twists…

Update on TANGLED DARKNESS Revisions:
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Update on TANGLED DARKNESS Revisions:

Some of you may be aware that I took a first ten pages ‘bootcamp’ seminar at the turn of the year. It dovetailed quite nicely with another Manuscript Academy Submission Strategy workshop that taught me a lot about the querying process. Beyond learning how to interpret agent responses to queries, I finished with a new…

Learning From Rejections
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Learning From Rejections

Out of the ten rejections, I had two agents generously respond with feedback that (especially inone of them) explained why they took a pass. Maybe it’s not surprising that the feedback I gotin ‘bootcamp’ had many similarities. Listen. Two or three years ago, when I was starting thiswhole project, I heard repeatedly: “Writing is rewriting.”…

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