Short Stories

This page contains some of my published stories. Happy reading!

Good Game, David was a professional bicyclist until an accident changed his life. Now, paralyzed and sinking into despair, he must learn to live on two wheels. Again.

The mulberry tree
Have you ever had a terrible day at work–one so bad that you wanted to walk away and never return? What makes that day different from any other? For a young math teacher who has difficulty dealing with unmanageable students, it is the pervasive influence of her own childhood.

The good old summer time
In a rural North Carolina town, an elderly woman's passing and her enduring spirit provide the catalyst for an unusual friendship.

Remission
Pediatric hematologist Dr. Angel Carter finds it difficult to watch her young patients lose the battle against whatever disease they were unlucky enough to inherit in "Remission." And watching her own baby's suffering is the worst, nearly ending her career and her marriage. "Remission" grew from my own experiences with spherocytosis.

To live again
It's not a typical ghost story because it is about a woman and her dog. Tired of living in fear, Allsion adopts Vanquisher, a scrappy pit bull terrier mix facing euthanasia. "To live again" is my first and favorite story and the most autobiographical of any of my stories.
Winner of Write Around the Block’s January 2008 short story contest

Payback is a bitch.
When a personal tragedy costs Detective Rosa Wolfe everything--her marriage, her career, and her badge--she returns to the streets she once patrolled, finding satisfaction in high-payoff vengeance for hire. I had a lot of fun writing from Rosa's point of view because she can do things that I would never dream of doing.

Peculiar advice
Winner of an excellence award from Dana Literary Society – Take a satirical and humorous (I hope) journey into one day in a North Carolina teacher's life.

Nothing but trouble
For a young mother with three children and a dog named Trouble, daily life is a struggle--until it takes an unexpected twist.