Thirteen Discs – a novel

Software is like electricity: it powers everything. 

In 1992 Silicon Valley companies had no nap rooms and preferred to hire people with experience. Disruption meant to impede progress. Steve Lewis leaves a company before its IPO for what he hopes will be a more satisfying job. Instead he faces a hostile boss, layoffs, a difficult project, and outside of work, a series of bad dates.

Genre: commercial fiction

Word count: 105,000

Books status: complete and seeking representation

The Enormous Network and Other Stories

They write code and configure computers, design the UI and test software. A tech support department learns too well from the roles of Al Pacino; an engineering team breaks its own software; an interview candidate becomes an unexpected consultant. These are some of the twelve stories about life in Silicon Valley.

The stories are:

  1. The Enormous Network
  2. Al’s Understudies
  3. The Chi of Footnotes
  4. Debugger
  5. 25 or 6 to 4
  6. This Page Intentionally Left Blank
  7. Change Diapers, Plan Invasions
  8. There’s No Soul in the New Machine
  9. The Children’s Crusade
  10. Munro Consultants
  11. The Most Peculiar Interview
  12. 3.0s

Genre: commercial fiction

Word count: 49,000

Books status: completed and seeking representation

Dead Dogs and Other Stories

Working for the town vet, guiding raft trips, and teaching classics at a small town near the Wind River Mountains—these are some of the short stories set in the Rocky Mountain West:

  • Dead Dogs
  • The Accident
  • The Canoe
  • Ropers, Headers, and Heelers
  • And Gladly Would He Teach (a novella)

Although I was raised in Virginia, my family came from the West: my father was from Arizona and my mother from Texas. 

Aside from occasional family reunions in Texas, I didn’t spend my time out West until during and after college. I worked for a small town veterinarian in Wyoming, and later travelled through New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and inland California.

Some writers in this genre whom I admire are Wallace Stegner, Gretel Ehrlich, Willa Cather, John McPhee, and Larry McMurtry.

Genre: fiction

Word count:

Books status: various stages of writing

Maybe Marseille…(working title)

The previous working title was Dog Shit Nation, but that might hurt sales in France.

We moved to France in 2011 for what we thought would be just one year. Nearly ten years on, we are still here.

Even before France was France, there was the Franco-Invasion-Publishing Industry: outsiders traveling here and then writing about their experiences. My first exposure to the genre was Charles Joyce’s Latin I, seventh grade: our first text was from C. Iulius De Bello Gallico, Caesar’s Gallic Wars:

Gallia est omnis dīvīsa in partēs trēs

Ever since then the English, Americans, just about everyone, have been coming to France and writing stories about maisons and merde, being a skinny Parisian, finding love or at least getting laid, piano ateliers, and buerre.

The world really doesn’t need another book about moving to France. But after twelve years here, I’ve changed my mind. Our story was a little different.

We didn’t inherit a vineyard. We had not bought a home in Provence. We were not English chicks looking for sun and sex. We were Annie and Blake with three children, we had lost our jobs in California and had enough room on our credit cards for a year.  While we tried to figure out what to do next with our lives, one day Annie suggested that since all our possessions were already in storage, let’s take the kids and spend a year in the south of France. Just a year, because we couldn’t afford to stay for longer. Maybe Marseille?

The next day we made an appointment at the French Embassy and began gathering all the necessary documents.

Genre: Travel, memoir, France

Word count:

Books status: in process, ready to submit real soon