I might have been a pirate in a previous life. Either that, or I watched too many old Errol Flynn movies on TV in my formative years.
My new historical/fantasy "Alias Hook," which presents the flip side of the Neverland from the caustic perspective of its prisoner, Captain Hook, has just been published in the UK. An excerpt, the short story, "Proserpina's Curse," appeared in the Summer, 2006 issue of the late, lamented Paradox Magazine.
My swashbuckling historical novel, "The Witch From the Sea," is the first book in a planned trilogy. The German-language edition was published as "Die Heimliche Piraten." (And, no, it doesn't mean The Pirate Who Saved People From Choking. The translation is, more or less, "The Secret Woman Pirate.")
When not reading and/or writing fiction, I'm a film critic for an alternative weekly in Santa Cruz, California, a position I've held since dinosaurs roamed the earth. I also reviewed books for the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years, where my specialty was (surprise!) historical fiction, and women's fiction.