May 16, 2023
As many of you know, I teach full-time in the MSW program at Gallaudet University. Last week, I was honored to graduate social work students for the 23rd time in my career. My heart fills with delight to see another group of dedicated professionals join the workforce to take on many of society’s challenges.
Summer is the time of year when I can turn all of my focus onto writing projects. What’s in the pipeline? Here’s a sneak peek:
As the child of two deaf parents, Clara Starr struggled to overcome the weight of her father’s suicide and feelings of isolation. As an adult, Dr. Starr graduated college, married well, and established a thriving psychotherapy practice. One morning on her daily walk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Clara comes upon the decaying body of a local waterman, Bobby Ward. This discovery is unexpected yet welcome. Bobby’s death ensures that Dr. Starr’s past will forever stay a secret.
When the police suspect one of her clients is the murderer, Clara seeks sage advice from her mother, Vallurea, a generational tarot card reader. Vallurea reads a spread that warns her of impending chaos and deception. Clara gets ahead of the police investigation and looks deeper into her clients’ pasts. As she uncovers layers of secrets, lies, and betrayals, she faces a choice: reveal her darkest secrets and face arrest herself or withhold the information and solve the mystery differently.