Today, I’m participating in the “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. It’s a sort of chain mail amongst scribes; the tour rolled out in January, and will conclude this week. I was invited to play by Anne Lower, aka the Princess Scribe. Anne’s tour was last week; she wrote about how she goes about creating her screenplays, web series, […]


THE HOUNDING by Sandra de Helen, available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. CHAPTER ONE: The Hounding CILLA CAN’T SEEM to shake the nightmare. She almost gives up her daily run rather than face the possibility of meeting those dogs in real life. Dogs are reality for every marathon runner, and each runner finds a […]


CHAPTER ONE: Rose City (from THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT by Sandra de Helen)  OCEANE LEANED HER head against Zaro’s left shoulder, laughing as she continued to sing a French lullaby to the giant panda she carried in her left arm. The night was cool as they strolled along Portland’s waterfront away from the Rose Festival City […]


I’m writing the last chapters of this book now. It’s second in the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series (first is THE HOUNDING). You don’t have to have read the first one to read this one, each mystery stands alone, though the relationship and lives of the protagonists grow and change with each book. Below I’m […]

April, Poetry Month

April is almost over. I have been working on the mystery novel, mostly notes on characters, notes on places, vehicles, mundane bits of information. My creative work has gone to poetry, because this month belongs to the many muses of poetry. I’ve been trotting over to every day for my prompt, then doing my […]