• 2017 projects: 5 short stories for anthology, three novels for a cozy mystery series, one children's [middle grade] adventure novella, and one novel that I haven't yet decided. Total word count goal: 365,000 words.

    In addition, my goal is to write one haiku per week.

General details

  • anonymouskitten

  • Eagle Mountain, Utah

  • Cayleigh

  • University of Tampa graduate as of May 2012

  • Female

  • English

In short

  • Hi there, writers and readers. I’m a mom of two boys who thinks about writing far more than I actually write. I’m branching out and trying my hand at middle grade fiction so I’ll have some stories to tell my children when they’re older; however, my domains are usually mystery/thriller and new adult. I read anything and everything, but lately I’ve been digging into these awesome picture books from the library. (Llama Llama is currently our favorite.)

    Thoughts are fleeting, actions are temporary, but ink is permanent. (If that's not already a quote, I'll attribute it to me. Can that be considered my claim to fame??)

  • My first publication is a short story included in The Longest Night Watch, version 2 anthology published in October 2016. It's a charity anthology, dedicated to Terry Pratchett, and all the proceeds go to Alzheimer's Disease research.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Crime, Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology, General, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mystery, Religious/Inspirational, Short Story, Teen, Thriller/Suspense, Women's Fiction

    Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Cooking, Food & Wine, Crafts & Hobbies, Home & Garden, Humor, Inspiration, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, New Age & Spirituality, Outdoors & Nature, Parenting & Family, Pets, Philosophy, Reference, Science, Self-Help

    Screenplay: Comedy, Drama, General, Love/Romance

    Poetry: Epic, Prose

  • The more recent I've read a book, the higher it is on my list. Check out my Goodreads.

    A book I'm eager to read is called The Eagle Tree.
  • Stephen King's The Dark Tower extended series (32 books) with a self-created book group.

    [I'm also reading a collection of stories by Neil Gaiman.]
  • If it's a book for myself, I prefer being outdoors. Anywhere outside on a sunny day.

    If I'm reading to my children, I prefer curling up on the couch with a huge stack of books and snuggling with them as I read aloud. [One day, I hope they will read me the stories, or we can at least take turns.]
  • Right now, I'm working on several short stories for various anthologies, all with different themes. I also write short stories to include in self-composed collections.

    I also write books for a couple series (seri?). I have a middle grade and an adult cozy mystery series.

    I do standalone novels, too. I love writing YA, mystery/thriller, and contemporary literary fiction with a heavy dose of magical realism.
  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Crime, Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology, Family Life & Saga, General, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mystery, Novella, Religious/Inspirational, Short Story, Teen, Thriller/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Inspiration, Psychology

  • I'd like to think I'm brash like Holden Caulfield ("The Catcher in the Rye", wild like Augustus Hart ("The Pact"), and enlightened like Francis Macomber ("The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber").

    If anything, I need to be more like the older waiter who practices unlimited patience in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." 

    Side note: I am nothing like Carrie in "Carrie." Just saying...
  • Alice Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, Laura Lippman, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Agatha Christie