I didn’t know I wanted to write about haunted water, but it’s a theme I return to every time I write a short story or start a new novel. If it’s got a tentacle, or a water ghost, or a near-drowning, I’m probably going to write about it.
I started writing THE WRECK while I was taking an advanced open water scuba class out in Clearsprings Lake near Dallas. Our group dove in this insane area of the lake called The Silo, which is not much more than a sixty-foot-deep muddy sinkhole where light can’t reach. It was terrifying. After that, I got the chance to dive off the coast of Key Largo on this monstrosity of a wreck called the Speigel Grove. This time I got clear water, coral-encrusted railings, and schools of snapper. It’s beautiful, but it’s also a little creepy down there. The 90-foot depth keeps the place in perpetual twilight, and the empty hallways of the ship feel haunted. Those experiences got inside my head, and over the last three years, I wrote a book. For the record, there are no recorded sightings of sea monsters on the Speigel Grove. Yet.
My writing has found its way into some journals, including Typishly, Number One, The Glass Tesseract, The Lyric, and Raintown Review. I won the 2018 Frisco First Chapter Contest for THE WRECK, which gave me enough confidence to pitch the novel to Amy Bishop, an agent with Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. She said yes, and I’ve been celebrating ever since. Three of my poems will soon be in an anthology called Till Death, forthcoming in 2019. My short story, “Swamp Thing,” came out in Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal in 2018. I also spend a lot of time at the DFW Writers’ Workshop in Euless, Texas, where the coolest writers in DFW get together for critique sessions.