As a kid, I fell in love with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. In my teens, I discovered Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr and Matt Scudder, as well as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Sara Paretsky’s V.I Warshawski. I was hooked.
When I came out as transgender thirty years ago, I longed to read mysteries and thrillers where queer people where the heroes rather than the victims or the comic relief sex workers.
After much searching, I found Katherine V. Forrest’s Kate Delafield series and Ellen Hart’s Jane Lawless series. But I wanted more. I wanted a crime fiction series about a transgender person that didn’t focus on coming out, transitioning, or romance. When I couldn’t find any, I decided to write my own. Thus, Jinx Ballou, bounty hunter, was born.
I write action crime thrillers about queer characters fighting for their own brand of justice in a world of intolerance, greed, and violence, often hidden beneath a veneer of civility and privilege.
Lesbian bikers facing off against drug dealers and outlaw biker gangs. A transgender bounty hunter pursuing murderers, tweakers, and human traffickers. Both series feature a wide assortment of diverse characters with agency and attitude.
Over the years, I’ve worked as a radio news director, a construction worker, a goldsmith, a caregiver, and a web developer.
In 2007, I participated in and won National Novel Writing Month. The first time I reached the 50,000-word goal, I hopped into my pickup truck and suddenly heard the voice of my college creative writing professor. No, it wasn’t a hallucination. I heard his actual voice.
Turns out Dr. Coleman Barks, my former professor, was being interviewed on NPR. I took it as a sign and began honing my writing skills with the help of books, editors, podcasts, and critique groups.
In 2016, my debut novel Iron Goddess: A Shea Stevens Thriller was published by Alibi (Penguin Random House), followed a year later by the sequel, Snitch.
Getting traditionally published had been a goal of mine since I was a teenager. However, the rise of ebooks and print-on-demand technology has changed the publishing game.
After Snitch was published, I decided to go the indie author route. I wanted more control over how my books were published and marketed, and how many books were in a given series.
At the same time, I insisted on putting out books that had the same professional quality of traditionally published books. Thus was born Dark Pariah Press.
Chaser, the first in a new series about transgender bounty hunter Jinx Ballou, was published in March 2018. Several other books have followed.
I am a member of the Sisters in Crime and the Alliance for Independent Authors. I live in Arizona with my wife and my feline overlords.
And if you read my books, PLEASE for the love of pizza, leave an honest review. Thanks!