Novels in progress

FAITHLESS —With the discovery of a secret about a popular Catholic bishop, a journalist is torn between the pursuit of truth and deeply personal goals involving loyalty to her faith and family. Faithless explores the tension between obedience, power, compassion, and hypocrisy in a drama that leaves readers wondering where, exactly, the line between right and wrong lies. While this isn’t the first story to deal with a scandal in the Catholic Church, Faithless has a unique, topical issue at its core that will be relevant for years to come.

GONE IN A HOT MINUTE — Madeline Grace Moore never thought she’d turn to a life of crime, but that was before she was laid off from her high-powered, high-paying university position and her husband took a yearlong vow of silence to “find himself.” Throw in three children needing everything from soccer shoes to college tuition, and headhunters who reject Madeline once they set eyes on her, and certain choices become obvious. Set in the Great Recession of 2009, Gone in a Hot Minute is simultaneously serious and humorous as it tells the story of a woman faced with ageism, fat-shaming, midlife crises, and the choices necessary to get back in the game.