The Kiss-Off is a historical novel about a waitress in a small town in 1931. Two bank robbers arrive in town to hide after a job that went wrong, and she becomes caught in a love triangle with one of the bank robbers and an emotionally disturbed former flame. Add in bootleggers, old rivalries, and the economic pressures of the Depression, and watch as this small town explodes.
*In gangster slang, “the kiss-off” is the final goodbye before the breakup of a relationship, exile, or death.
- “Marks” (flash), 100 Word Story, Spring 2012
- “Love on the Rocks” (flash), Crack the Spine, May 2012
- “How to Make A Fist” (flash), Consequence Magazine, Spring 2012
- Functionally Literate (video!), Urban ReThink, Orlando, FL, November 3, 2012
- Thesis Reading, Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 14, 2012
- Good Thunder Reading Series, Minnesota State University, Mankato, March 22, 2012
- The Kiss-Off, John R. Milton Writers’ Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, October 28, 2011
- Panel reading, Graduate Research Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 13, 2010
- First-Year Reading, Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 1, 2010