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A balance between light and dark.

That is what I strive for in both my fiction and nonfiction. To create tales or share true stories that highlight the 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. Now I continue this same work, through my freelance writing and blogging (see About page for more details about my blogs).

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.