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Horror with heart.

That is what I strive for in both my novels and short fiction. To create stories that strike a balance between the dark side of human nature (fear, disgust, revenge) and the light (triumph, hope, love).

As a psychologist, I’ve conducted hundreds of research studies and my work has been featured in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Oprah Radio. As a professor, I loved to share my knowledge of psychological science with others in a fun and engaging way. This is what my blog seeks to do as well - to teach writers how to incorporate psychological principles into their own writing (see About page for more details about my blog).

My fiction weaves this knowledge of psychology with my love of writing. Using supernatural elements, I build stories around everyday people (often women) who are put in impossible situations. Then I see how they fight their way out, proving that light can sometimes win over dark.