Writings

 Selected Works 

Candlewood

Forthcoming novel

~ I lay next to Andy, the man who would have married me, except for the rules.

St. Croix Valley, 1977

In a world where women’s opportunities are limited, devout Meg Joyce takes a job visiting homebound parishioners for St. Gabriel’s parish. Far from landing in a holy haven, the young and naive Meg finds herself fending off the priest from prayer group who tricks her into viewing a painting as he rants about the woman who gave it to him. Shaken, Meg confides in her brother, a gay man, who warns her to keep quiet since the bishop is likely glad his priest goes after women rather than other men or boys.  

 

A challenge of a different sort looms when salt of the earth Fr. Andy Vogel is assigned to the parish – the rugged stranger who helped her rescue an old woman’s cat before she knew he was a priest. Meg knows the rules and is loath to add another sin to her family’s litany of taboos, but when Fr. Andy is injured in a car accident, the rules don’t make sense. Can she survive in his world of secrets and shadows? At what cost?

 

Against the backdrop of a Catholic Church reeling from Vatican II’s changes to long-held traditions, as well as impacts from the sexual revolution and women’s liberation, Meg grapples with the misogyny of an institution she once trusted, a crisis of faith in God, and a reckoning with her dreams.

 

Short Fiction

              Thirst

              Potato Soup Journal, Flash Fiction, July 2022

Poetry

               Alma’s Sky

               Creative Wisconsin Anthology, Honorable Mention, Jade Ring Contest, 2019

               Burnt Prairie

               Midwest Review, 2nd Place, 2015

              

Essays

              Vote Like an Inchworm, Medium.com, 2020

Book Reviews

               Tombs of Little Egypt by James Varga

               Windy City Reviews, December 2022

 

               At 12th & Marquette: A Story of Love, Faith, and Caregiving by Marie Malicki

               Windy City Reviews, August 2022

 

               Our Bodies Stay Home, Our Imaginations Run Free: A Covid-19 Story for Children

               by Lora Hyler. Wisconsin Writers Association, May 2020

 

              

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1