Editor, The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press

Degrees: B.A. in History from Kansas State University
                 J.D. in Law from Tulane University

Open Water I SCUBA certification with over 350 dives.

Member: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
                  United States Supreme Court Bar
                   Louisiana State Bar (inactive)

Hobbies: SCUBA diving, photography, belly dance with Ravenar, costuming (mostly belly dance).

I practiced law for seven years, first as a bankruptcy lawyer, then as a labor litigator.  Although I enjoyed the intellectual challenge and working with bright, talented individuals, the grind and stress took its toll and I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  Both of these illnesses cause cognitive function and memory problems that forced me to quit practicing law.  My memory has improved some (please don't be offended if I don't remember meeting you before, though. Names and faces still give me fits)..  Since quitting, I've written several novels and numerous short stories.  I'm married to attorney Lawrence Mandala and am the servant of two rescued cats, Apollo and Athena.

If you want more details about me, you can read about my childhood here.

Links to my favorite sites:

Author Friends:
Linda L. Donahue
Rhonda Eudaly
Dusty Rainbolt
Selina Rosen
William Ledbetter
Mike Resnick
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Walter Jon Williams
Esther Friesner
Shanna Swendson
Gloria Oliver
Margaret Bonham
Laura J. Underwood
Bill Allen
Robert Brown
William (Billy) Eakin
Melanie Fletcher
Tim Frayser
Beverly Hale
Gary Jonas
Brian A. Hopkins
Lee Killough
Katherine Kimbriel
Tracy Morris
Lee Martindale
Bradley Sinor
Glenn R. Sixbury
Dave Smeds
Mel Tatum
Mark  W.Tiedeman
Jeff Turner

Artist Friends:
David Lee Anderson
Kevin Hopkins
Brad W. Foster
Rocky Kelley
Allison Stein
Matt Taggart
Frank Wu

Other Friends:
Ann Loggins Pet Portraits
Stuart Jones, Photographer
Babes with Blades

Publishing Houses:
Yard Dog Press
Baen Books
Benbella Books


World Fantasy Con

Belly Dancers:
Visions in Dance