I write stories about very recognizable, imperfect people that face steadily growing challenges. These people are either forced to change or they falter under the weight of refusing to change. My influences are Tennessee Williams, Sandra Cisneros, and Haruki Murakami.
When Jeff Newcastle meets Dara, a beautiful Belarusian girl, on the first day of poetry class at UCLA, he imagines he’s stumbled onto the perfect college romance. Unfortunately, his fixation on Dara’s beauty prevents him from seeing the truth about her tragic life.
When Chris unexpectedly sees Gwen dancing at a bar in Los Angeles, a flood of emotions comes rushing back. Four years prior he had been falling in love with this girl and due to circumstances beyond his understanding, the relationship ended abruptly — and without explanation.
Now a little older and wiser, Chris is determined to understand why things fell apart and to potentially win Gwen back. But in attempting to do so he opens a door to his past and is forced to confront the horrifying events he had been trying so hard to outrun for years.