Everything is Fiction

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Hunny the TV Man Versus Love & the Mob

 Tales of an Aging TV Repairman & Don Juan 

April Fools' Day, 1961, leaves Gil "Hunny" Hunnicutt stiffed on a TV service call, and he'll be damned if he doesn't get paid. His mission nearly kills him at the gun-toting hands of a crazy lady, but she isn't the only lady who pulls a gun on him and isn't the only crazy lady in his life that month.

While he envisions an unappealing future and has a slippery hold on a new-found love, he's still tethered to his two polar-opposite sisters and isn't sure, at his core, which one of them he's more like. His wandering "antenna" has had a chokehold on him for much of his life, but now he's ready for love's chokehold. However, first he has to free himself from the chokehold of the Albanian Mob, which he's stepped in like dog doo-doo.

His journey leads him to Judy Garland and Carnegie Hall, a hitman in drag, questionable deaths, FBI spooks, and his very own felony—courtesy of the Mob—all while juggling family demands, true love, homophobia, racism, and the curse of shadow puppet shows. Hunny learns growing up is hard, especially for an old dog who's used to running in circles, chasing tail.

The Medicinal Martini

 Take Two Martinis and Call Me in the Morning 

After cracking up in Europe, gumshoe Dusty Darling is sailing home to Manhattan. His R&R soon gets shelved when he accepts an urgent assignment from another passenger, a Park Avenue dame with a badly banged-up kisser. Next thing, he's drawn into a curious shipboard death, a shady disappearance, and a rash of jewel thefts. All the while, he battles mal de mer, and the doctor's Rx is pretty much, "Take two martinis and call me in the morning."

A shameless womanizer, Dusty has the hots for the ship's pretty social director. He's also flipped for a beautiful twin with a poignant past, love of string art, and nitwit fiancé. A screwball colonel, a stagestruck teen, a crafty gigolo, and two shipwrecked sailors add to the high seas hijinks.

A cozy mystery, set in 1961 and mixed with equal shots of murder, romance, and humor, lands the pickled Dusty in a pickle. Just how far overboard will he go for love?

Playbook for a Dame

 Dreams! Drive! Danger! BALLS! 

It's 1954. Mona Winston, now a ripe fifty-two, is hell-bent on finding fame on the stage. She's devoted ten years to chasing after Hollywood film roles and New York teevee jobs. After a gig as a carnival hootchy-kootchy dancer, she lands in Metroville, the Broadway of the Midwest. Filled with more drive and self-delusion than talent, the hard-scrabble Mona knows she'll make it, "because I'm tough!"

Nevertheless, life is still a struggle. She survives prison time and a bout with amnesia. She tangles with dangerous men, including two exes, a lynch-happy farmer, and a merciless drama critic, but yearns for the only guy she trusts, a three-armed musician with an extra shoulder to cry on. Mona finally scores a choice role in a major Metroville play. On the brink of stardom when opening night arrives, she makes two startling discoveries and must choose between her shot at fame and a shot at being a stand-up broad.

Geezer Summer of Love

 When Old Men Were Sexy 

Middle-aged Monique lives the good life, with dear friends and a well-providing—though emotionally estranged—husband. Her diet of young lovers, travel, fashion, and social events is losing its magic, so when friends present her with a game challenge during the 1967 Summer of Love, she reluctantly accepts and finds herself living among "the poor people."

Factory closings, race riots, hippies, Vietnam, drugs, and microfilm provide the backdrop for her quest to uncover the origin of the "old pud" vogue, which has made sex objects out of very old men. Along the way, she uncovers much more and, in a bold move with the help of her friends, changes her life and the lives of many, many people in her home town.

Tall Buildings

 Disasterpiece Masterpiece 

In 1962, that quaint time of polio, carbon paper, and the Constitutional right to an attorney, Junemarie leaves the farm for Manhattan to become a career girl—and to find a husband.

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer and more than a little xenophobic, she doesn't know the meaning of the word 'surrender', despite being an assistant editor in a prestigious publishing house. Her pursuit of handsome Ken Davenport is so relentless she's not deterred by her own acrophobia and the calamities to the city's tall buildings that season, including a tornado strike, towering inferno, defenestration, rooftop decapitation, and elevator mutilation. She learns about free love, beatniks, jazz, and psychoanalysis, attends the celebrated Leprosy Charity Ball, and pens her own space-age novel. The shocking secrets of a hard-boiled veteran editor, peculiar co-worker, and her beloved Ken are revealed along with her own closet's skeletons.

Not everyone can conquer the dizzying heights of modern Manhattan. Can Junemarie?

Stories That Never Turned Into Novels

 A Random Collection of Tongue-In-Cheek Stories 


  • TELSTAR
      60's career gal romance
    • The editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine finds the "perfect husband" for her June cover via a live satellite teevee broadcast from Paris. Oo-la-l'amour!

  • MOLLY'S BOOLIES
      Rural horror
    • A third-rate artist on the lam settles in a Midwest farm townand encounters strange weather and stranger residents.

  • DEVIL OR ANGEL
      60's southern melodrama
    • When a stranger turns up in an oppressive Mississippi town, family secrets are revealed and a "bad" girl finds hope.

  • ZOMBIES ON THE MOON
      Lunar lunacy
    • A colorful lunar rescue crew travel to the other side of the moon. After the crew bring home more than moon rocks, they discover something about life, death, and what it means to be human.

  • THE DOLL CRUISE
      Ocean liner horror
    • A woman deals with grief on a luxury cruise that takes her too far beyond the horizon.

  • BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
      60's fugitive romance
    • After an ex-gym teacher breaks out of The Big House, she's stranded at a mountain cabin with a handsome hermit and his bear. Will she go on the lam or become a prisoner of love?

  • OPERA, WHEN FREE
      60's operatic tragedy
    • A childless, abused wife who loves opera lives her dreams…sort of.

  • WELCOME WAGON
      70's suburban horror
    • Bud regrets moving to suburbia with his nagging wife and irritable daughter. His new neighbors, however, provide him with an unorthodox solution to his problem.

Everything is Piction

Blessed Event

Blessed Event

Retro RomCom

A Retro RomCom

Seaside Sensation

Seaside Sensation

About Me

EVERYTHING IS FICTION

I'm your typical writer. A retired software developer, I live in the woods with seventeen cats, every back issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine since September 1965, and a framed autographed photo of Phyllis Diller.

Divorced, I swear I'm not bitter about my husband running off with a younger woman, who used to be a man.

And I fictionate. Fictionate like a rug. (The photo of Phyllis Diller isn't autographed.) But I channel my mendacity into my novels, into the pretend world where we all like to live.

When I'm not fictionating, I'll tell you I'm a southpaw who loves jazz and classic movies and sing standards to my heart's content in the car, shower, and canned vegetable aisle (part of that was fiction). My first president came sometime after Coolidge and my first husband was a jerk. I prefer fake plants to real ones and live birds to stuffed ones. My philosophy—if it's not worth doing twice, it's not worth doing at all—has saved me from jumping off more than one expansion bridge. All in all, I'm your run-of-the-mill, 21st-century optimistic cynic.