My Runway: Body Swap Gender Bending Fun!

Check out my Gender Bending YA Fantasy Novel, Brother Bewitched!

My Runway on Netflix

What is it to be a male?  A female?  How closely does anyone really adhere to the stereotypes?  No nation explores these ideas with as much creativity and vigor as Korea, and My Runway, now available on Netflix, does a wonderful job exploring these questions while also having a lot of fun.

In the series, a guy and a girl swap bodies.  Been done before, right?  But the choices here make it more interesting from the start.  The male, Jae Boem, is the world’s top male model, and very much a spoiled princess.  Arrogant, haughty, and superior, he swans around like the the world is beneath him, disrespects others and is perfectly confident in his beauty.

The female, Na Jin Wook, is a high-school student with bad grades who dreams of being a model and refuses to listen when people tell her she is too short.  Spunky and full of pep, she believes that she can succeed through hard work despite her unfavorable genetics.

They swap bodies and suddenly Jae Boem finds himself the cute but imperfect girl, physically over-powered by another high-school girl and dragged into a mundane life.  Meanwhile,  Na Jin Wook finds herself sharing a house with a bunch of super hot guys, including a male model she has been crushing on from afar.

Of course, there are romantic complications and lots of drama.  The types are all mixed up, too, with guys who obsess over designer fashion and hair, aggressive girls and a lot of mixing and matching of gender types that reflect reality more than most shows.

I don’t want to say much more because it is all fun and a lot of that fun comes from surprise, but if you are interested in gender identity and what makes us who we are, check out this fun and super-well-acted and written series!

I will make your dreams come true!


Sort of.  What I mean is that for a limited time, I will take commissions, writing up a story to your specifications!  This would need to be a YA story, and include no illegal content.

Why am I open to commissions?  Because I just finished a massive revision of the book formerly released as Brain Biters.  This is one of those cases where I put the book out too fast.  I was so excited by the characters and the story that I just launched it into the world and said–  this is done enough!

But it wasn’t done enough.  The middle of the cake was still raw, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that I had betrayed the characters and not fully told their story, especially that of my main character, Dylan, who finds his world turned upside down thanks to an casual wish upon a star.

So, I began cutting and adding, finessing and developing until I turned what had been a sleek 45,000 words story into a still sleep 60,000 word story, and now i feel my characters really get to speak and truly reveal themselves to the world.

It will be out soon, and then in a few weeks I begin to write the sequel to Brother Bewitched.  In the meantime, if you ever wanted a story written, I charge 5 cents per word, plus I sell the story on Amazon.   If you are interested, contact me at!

Turtles All The Way Down




Oh, my, this book did make me cry.   A good cry, and so that alone earns it five stars.  I know.  Big surprise. A John Green book is good.  Not news.

But still.  I want to talk about it, and promise no spoilers.   Here are some things I loved about this book:

A great first person narrator.  Aza is smart, too smart, and her intelligence causes her to ask a lot of questions about life, identity, self, relationships.  She also has issues, and ones that make her very difficult to friend.   I identified with this character, and reading her story reminded me of so much I had forgotten about myself that it was like finding an old box of pictures and seeing images of me from the past and thinking– wow, that used to be me, and then, that still kind of is me.

I went to a holiday party just a day ago as of this writing, and I sat down at a table with a group of people, and I couldn’t have felt more like an alien.  They were all having fun, talking about nothing, just babbling, and I couldn’t enter the conversation.  I have no small talk game at all.  It’s not something good or bad, but my mind was full of the books I was reading, books I was writing, and I wanted to ask people about them, about their work and their dreams and their lives, and when I did they just looked at me like I was the biggest weirdo in the world.

So, yeah, I get Ava.

As in many of these books, we have missing adults.  Aza and her romantic interest have both lost parents.  And it has a mystery in the form of another parent who had vanished.  But those are all just McGuffins.   What this book really explores and what hooked me is a very earnest and well bred human being searching for answers, trying to understand who she is and why and how to get through the day without freaking out.

It’s a glorious, messy and inspiring.  I’ll leave others to complain about this or that or the other.  I fell in love with the characters and their struggles to just find a way to be people, and I recommend this book to anyone who has ever stopped to wonder.

Second Nature: Sneaky Good!

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How would a man and a woman from our world change if they found themselves in an upside down world where women had all the privilege and men faced constant objectification?  Would they?  Are we who we are, or the products of our environments?

Amanda (Collette Wolfe) and Brett (Sam Huntington) into a world where traditional gender identity and roles are reversed.  Women are aggressive and emotionally stunted, while men are passive and sensitive.  At first, each character just finds it weird, and they search for a magic mirror which can switch them back to their own world.

But, as times passes, Amanda (notice the irony of her name?) finds she likes living in a  world where the deck is stacked in her favor.  She is now the boss at her company, and is considered a shoe-in to win her race for mayor simply because he opponent is a man.  Meanwhile, the constant barrage of sexism Brett faces wears on him, and he finds himself become more emotional and insecure in response to the way he is treated.

For a time, the movie has fun playing with the flipped world.  Amanda loves telling her male subordinates to go and get pedicures on the company, slapping men on the butt and going to Peckers, where the wait staff consists entirely of men in tiny little shorts, their outfits clearly patterned on Hooters.  Brett, meanwhile, finds he can’t go into a bar without being pestered by aggressive women, who bombard him with lame come on lines, grope him and try to get him to kiss other guys for their amusement.

Amanda also begins to confront the way the stereotypes cut both ways.  A friend asks her is she’s a lesbian because she has been “acting like a boy” and she starts to feel that winning the election just because she is a woman negates the achievement.  Ultimately, she decides that the gender flipped world is just as bad as her own, and that she is against privilege and discrimination in any form.  Did I make the sound a little too noble?  It doesn’t come across that way in the film.  It just came across as a human being who was tempted to become the thing she hated and refused.

One of the nicer moments in the film involves a scene between Amanda and Brett when they are driving together after being stuck in upside down world for a week.  Brett is frazzled, demoralized, insecure, and he complains about the way he is treated in this world.   Amanda says something like,  “Only here a week, and look at what it’s done to you.”

“Don’t,”  Brett says.  ‘This is all an exaggeration of the way things are in our world.”

“It really isn’t,” Amanda says, and she is speaking to all those who have not faced objectification.

This is a good watch.  Collette is especially fun as she finds herself on top and for a time just kind of becomes a callous dude reveling in the privilege.  She doesn’t come across as vengeful or bitter or any other stereotype, and in fact pretty much seems like the female version of a bro– content and amused and happy to have it all easy due to her sex.  Sam does well showing how his character is demoralized by the sexism.   Watch it!


Okay.  Yes.  I did decide to take the 50,000 word challenge, and no one made me do it.  However, sometimes it feels more like punishment than productivity.   So far, I have managed to generate 35,000 words toward my novel,  Manistique, and I would like to convey some of my disoveries:

  1. I have never written as unconsciously.  Now, I am far from the most self-critical author out there.  I have always felt drafts in particular should just get puked onto the page.   But I never really wrote the way I am writing now, with judgement suspended.   If a scene occurs to me, I write it, and I don’t worry about how it fits in or whether it makes.  I need words, and so I write, knowing I can go back and write later.
  2. I have never set out to write something with a very strong sense it may never see the light of day. I have always written knowing that I would put out whatever I write myself, and projects always started from a  particular passion– to explore gender roles, to investigate love.   This one started from a contest, and I have no idea if what I am producing is anything I will want my name attached to in the end.  This is liberating,  though I am not sure I would do it again.
  3. Habit.  I have published over 200,000 words this year, so i do write, but I have always allowed myself days off.  With Nanowrimo, a day off leads to a massive need to catch up, so I have written on all the days, even the busy ones where I “couldn’t find the time” in the past.  It feels good.
  4. Inspiration happens when I type.  Many of the days leading to my 35,000 words have started with me having no idea what to write and little desire to start, and yet I have churned out 2,000 words just as assuredly as on the days I am jazzed.

Bottom line takeways?  All those writing books and seminars got it right.  Write everyday whether you feel like it or not.  It’s good for the soul and the brain if not always the neck and shoulders!

Working in the genre


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I am asking the questions today.  You know, THE questions? Who am I as a writer?  What am I?  And, if i can’t figure that out, how am i ever supposed to target the right agent?

I wonder if I am really a YA author.  Sometimes, when I look at the books that have come out of me so far, Brother Bewitched and Brain Biters,  I shake my head and think–  I don’t know that any teens would want to read this stuff.

In both books my characters are teens, and the stories are told through their eyes.  I am not some adult lecturing them about their lives, or pounding them with cliches they are old enough to know are just things adults say to hide their lack of real wisdom.

But maybe my books are too cold?   The characters not passionate enough?  Maybe I am dealing with things in a way that is alien or foreign to younger readers?

Maybe I am just too weird for any normal teen to relate to?

I have to confess, I did not read a lot of the books aimed at YA readers when I was of the age.   I wanted to be older and more serious, and so instead of reading Robert Cormier I read Stephen King.   Now, I later read Robert Cormier, and I felt like I had really missed the boat not reading him earlier, but even as a YA kid I didn’t think I was a YA kid.

So, maybe my books will never sell well to YA readers (or anyone else).   You know what?  I am going to keep writing anyway.   When I published my first book many years ago, (not YA and under a different pen name) I told myself I would be happy if one person read it and related.   It ended up selling about 300 copies, and I waited anxiously day after day, hoping one of those readers would submit a review.  Surely, one of them would be my reader, the one I imagined would read the book and know he or she wasn’t alone.  Someone else felt and thought the same things!

Well, that very first review came, an d it was terrible.  The person HATED my book, and they hated it so much they felt compelled to tell the WHOLE WORLD how much they hated it.

I felt destroyed, and for several days I moped around, thinking I would never write again.  Then, something amazing happened: a second reviewer posted a review directly refuting the first, defending my little book and praising it.

I can’t tell you how great it felt, because this was my one reader, and not only had they related, but had related so strongly they felt angry when someone attacked our book.

Since then, I have gotten good and bad reviews, and weird reviews that made no sense.  And as I reach the end of the essay, I realize that I still don’t know what kind of writer I am, or if my books are “really” YA books, as in really, really YA books.

But it doesn’t matter.   I write and write, and someone out there gets enjoyment from my work, and feels less alone, and so I do, too!






Free Books!


Hello, everybody!  In case you haven’t seen it yet, I am running a sweepstakes and giving away print copies of my new book, Brain Biters!  It’s a YA paranormal thriller with danger, romance and body swapping fun!  Click on the link to enter!  It’s free!

Check out the Brain Biters page on Amazon!   Links below!