Exhausted, cynical, and confused, Anna is always there to report for duty. She’s part of a clandestine government team that defends the nation against supernatural terrorism—a job that understandably leaves her life in shambles and drives her to drink a little more than she should. Toss in a fear of intimacy with a desire to have friends and lovers like a normal person and, well, Anna is a troubled soul wrapped in a special agent with arcane, magical powers. Waking up hungover at five–thirty in the morning with a zombie–infested apartment building in the heart of DC to deal with, she knows she’s got the makings of the worst morning possible.
Her team is its own challenge. A battle–scarred Nigerian shaman, a bookish shapeshifter, an inept summoner, and a brilliant but cantankerous wizard round it all out. Her partner, an immortal and cursed Paladin, is the only person she knows more jaded than herself. Getting them all to work together is never easy, with Anna often caught in the cross fire.
Their target, Ethan Morgan, is one pissed off necromancer. His brother was KIA by his own government, the victim of an experimental magical weapon they decided to test on the battlefield. Now bent on revenge and sponsored by one of hell’s most powerful demons, Ethan has a plan of his own to make us all pay. Anna and her team are fighting against the wake of destruction, but Ethan is always one step ahead. With the number of bodies he leaves and reanimates growing exponentially, Anna’s wondering if they’ll stop him before he engulfs everyone in an undead horde.
Top Ten Favorite Things to Do When You Are Not Writing
When I’m not writing, I tinker. I’m cursed/blessed with a restless mind, so I often have to keep myself occupied. Some of those are other creative processes, others are just fun timewasters.
Guitar – I’m a terrible and undisciplined guitarist. I’ll admit it, but I still really enjoy playing. If I could find more time to do it in between my day job and writing while devising a way not to enrage my neighbors with my sonic experiments I might even be a better one by now.
Native Instruments Maschine – Maschine is like a drum machine but more fun. I’ve spent hours programming insane sprees of electronic drums and sound effects into it. Mostly for my own amusement, but one day I might throw a bunch of it up on Soundcloud. I do many of the same things toying with
Ableton Live – A sequencer and multi-track recording tool that allows me to combine all of my musical creation into an aesthetically catatrophic event.
Native Instruments Kontakt – When you want to noodle around on a keyboard for hours, except no substitute.
Tumblr – When I’m not actually writing flash fiction for my Tumblr novel Scarred Earth, I goof around on my other Tumblr blog. I follow nearly 1000 blogs on tumblr so my dashboard is a bit of a trainwreck; nevertheless, it’s a trainwreck that can move me emotionally and make me giggle maniacally whenever I need it.
Podcasts – Some of my favorites are Thrilling Adventure Hour, Welcome to Nightvale, WTF with Marc Maron, and all the Slate podcasts. They keep me informed, challenge me, and entertain me for hours on end.
Baking/cooking – Everyone has to eat, and I find the time spent trying new recipes and perfecting old ones to be meditation of a sort. The cleaning up afterward part is always unfortunate, though.
Gaming – I’m not going to lie, I whittle away hours at this stuff. Several terrible facebook games and RPGs like Skyrim, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age are my specific mental poison of choice.
Binge-watching TV – I hate waiting a week for new episodes of a show, so often I’ll get behind and go through piles of them at once. It may be a timesuck, but it’s really engrossing.
Homebrewing – Very involved, takes a long time, and takes a lot of hard work. But you do have booze at the end! That’s usually reward enough.
Everyone needs a hobby. And, like most people, I hope one day that my hobby will liberate me from my mind–numbing day job. I chose writing. Not one of the easier ones. I chose it at the tender age of 14, churning out terrible science fiction novels that heaped on the cliches and barely hidden tropes of all space operas. Thankfully, those creations reside in the prison of an old Commodore 64 hard drive and several 3.5″ disks (kids, ask your parents) in a landfill somewhere. And, let me be clear, the world is better for it.
Along the way, I kept writing. Through college. Through grad school. Through the beginning of my career, such as it is. I like to believe I picked up skills. I wanted to write novels that had things I wanted to see. Hand of Chaos, my debut novel, brings together elements of a spy thriller and a police procedural with dark and urban fantasy. I followed that with Scarred Earth, a serial alien invasion novel I’m releasing entirely through tumblr. I’m probably going about this all wrong, but I don’t know any other way.