Cover Art for Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare

I’ve recently had the opportunity to work with author Scott D. Southard on creating a cover for his new mystery/thriller Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare and I wanted to post the cover design and share a little about my process in creating it. Honestly, I’m not terribly good at recalling how…

The Pale Rose: Cast of Characters

I wanted to post another piece of art from my mystery novella The Pale Rose, and thought I would include the character descriptions featured at the start of the book. Incidentally, this illustration is for the last chapter, and features the lead detectives, Charles & Amelia Humble. Cast of Characters Amelia Humble: A devoted wife…

The Pale Rose: A Housewife Detective Mystery Novella

My first mystery novella in the Housewife Detective Series is available for purchase from both and So be sure to order your copy soon!   Amelia Humble had a secret. She knew perfectly well that the criminal mind was something that proper ‘40s housewives, such as herself, just didn’t go poking about in….

The Pale Rose: “Following the Fireworks”

This illustration is featured in my first mystery novella The Pale Rose. I’ve always liked books that have interior illustrations, and being both a writer and an artist I was very excited to be able to include some as chapter headings in my mystery. You can read the full first chapter “Following the Fireworks”.

The Pale Rose: It started with a dream

I have a lot of dreams that I take inspiration from for stories, but I don’t think I have ever had a dream as vivid and as detailed as The Pale Rose. Almost every aspect of the story, the clues, the crime, the method, were part of my dream and when I awoke, it was…

A Mystery Cafe Girl

I’ve been writing like mad for the last little while and have just about finished my first novella. So exciting! Anyway, I thought I would post a little something, as a sort of teaser, if you will, that related to my book in a way. The cover art (which is just about finished as well)…

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Oceana looking lovingly at her potential husband. Isn’t he gorgeous? Okay, seriously, he’s a little creepy. I’ll let you decide if she actually marries him.

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Here, Oceana is painting a portrait of Prince Richmond. Art is another one of her many talents. This is one of my favorite backdrops, as well as some of my favorite lighting and I really liked the depth and colors in this image as well.

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Here is a sample page from my children’s book “Oceana, A Pudgy Princess” In the book, Oceana is quite good at archery and this skill plays an important role at the end of the story.

Oceana, A Pudgy Princess

There once lived a princess who was somewhat more rounded than was typically considered to be desirable. I am sorry to say that in this superficial world of ours there are some individuals who, upon reading those few words, would see no reason to continue any further. I sincerely hope, however, that you are not…