I love to talk about all things paranormal and writing related. My specialties are ghosts, sleep disorders, speculative fiction, and lyricism. Please contact me for a complete list of lecture topics and panel discussions.
In addition to writing dark & steamy ghost stories, I am also a paranormal investigator. Decades of struggling with narcolepsy has given me a unique perspective on stage one sleep phenomena. I enjoy speaking about both ghost-hunting and sleep-disordered encounters.
Throughout history and around the globe, sleepers have reported the same small collection of nocturnal visitors. Are these experiences simply waking dreams? Or do alpha waves enable us to span dimensions? In this talk, I discuss the top nine hypnopompic sleep stage visitors and how they sneak into our conscious perception.
Almost everyone has experienced sleep-paralysis once in their life. Why do those experiences so often involve a frightening entity? And who is that menacing shadow figure lurking nearby? In this lecture, I touch on the psychology of hypnagogia, historical and cultural permutations of the Shadow Man, and modern theories explaining this malevolent visitor.
If you think talking snakes and burning bushes are the only preternatural presences in the bible, think again. The old and new testaments are full of magical creatures, alien phenomena, and inter-dimensional entities. This is a fun discussion of Christian mythology that sheds light on strange references to potentially paranormal creatures.
I admit my subject matter is pretty gritty, but there is a lyrical lilt to my writing voice from my years as a poet. My comfort zone is mainstream story-telling with a literary technique. I'm always happy to talk about the craft of creative writing.
Even though the first step to writing a novel is usually plotting, I like to start with a quick and fun lesson and exercise on descriptive language. One beautifully written line can open the door to an entire story.
We will take a quick quiz to see what type of writer we are: plotter, pantser, or plantser. Once we know that, we can discuss the different approaches to plotting out our stories. I’ll share a basic skeleton plot to get us started.
What’s passive voice? What’s filtering? What does head-hopping mean? In this workshop, we will discuss the common mistakes novelists make and how to avoid them.
Need a paranormal panel topic suggestion? I would be happy to lead a discussion on the following subjects: Electronic Voice Phenomena, The Psychic Ghost Hunter, or What the Moth Man Taught Us - Lessons from Another Dimension. Need a noveling panel suggestion? I am also happy to speak on the following: Plot, Pace and Voice - What Keeps Your Story Moving? And Tag Lines, Synopses, and Query letters - What Comes After "The End".