Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Undiscovered Voices: Pinch Me! It's for real!

While I still write for adults and young adults, you may have noticed that I haven't put out much over the past couple years.  Well, I've been trying my hand at writing for younger children.

It started when I was reading chapter books with my youngest daughter before bedtime.  Living in a part of Switzerland where French is the official language, I was lost as to what books to get her in English.  I needed guidance and a community of people who were familiar with children's literature.  So, I joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators). SCBWI opened me to a world of amazing books for kids...and to amazing authors of kids' books.

The Undiscovered Voices anthology bring together "undiscovered" talent of SCBWI British Isles and Europe. Writers submit their work and the UV team and judges select a shortlist of writers and illustrators for the anthology.  Already, the talent of the authors on the longlist is stellar.  The anthology? Just fantastic. Somehow my lucky stars aligned and the extract from my children's chapter book, Kelsie Carter and the Evil Chihuahua Army is in there!  I'm still reeling. I am so humbled to see my work next to the others in the anthology.  Read them and you'll see why.

You can download the anthology for free HERE.  And I guarantee you'll discover some amazing voices. I did. And I am (impatiently) waiting to hear more from them.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Join us for a writing conference!

March 2-4, 2018
Webster University, Bellevue, Switzerland

Join us for a weekend of workshops, panels, and networking!

Since 1996, the Geneva Writers’ Conference has been uniting writers from around the world for high-level instruction, support, and feedback. Conference teachers are committed to sharing their knowledge, skills, and perspectives on writing as an art and as a profession.

The conference venue is ten minutes from the center of Geneva and easily accessible by car or train.

Early Bird registration fee is CHF 220. 
After December 31, registration fee is CHF 250.  The fee includes:
  • ·         Four 90 minute writing workshops (choices in fiction, children’s writing, nonfiction, and poetry).
  • ·         Two 90 minute panels on topics relevant to writers today.
  • ·         Two Question and Answer sessions with instructors and panelists.
  • ·         Opportunity to sell and buy books at bookshop.
  • ·         Closing reception Sunday afternoon.
  • ·         Coffee and tea throughout the weekend.

Hot meals are available at an additional cost. 

Registration deadline is 27 February 2018.

For more detailed information, or to register, see

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mistletoe and Mischief

Happy Holidays!

The authors of the Blazing Indie Collective wanted to give back to their readers and say THANK YOU for your support. We weren't sure what to do so, being writers, we wrote!   Mistletoe and Mischief: A Collection of Magical Holiday Tales is an anthology of brand new speculative holiday stories. Supernatural, steampunk, horror, romance...over 400 pages of unique holiday tales for FREE! The collection is only available through the holidays then will be unpublished.

I've contributed a story that features my favorite character, Melusine DorĂ©, early in her career as a monster hunter.  I hope you will enjoy it!
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Ode to my Mother

My mother passed away on August 26th, 2017. Words cannot begin to describe how much I will miss her.  This is a short piece written about her that originally appeared in Offshoots 10, Writings from Geneva.

I love you, Mom.

Fragmented Archaeology 
Katie Hayoz

My mother wanted to be an archaeologist.

As a girl, she spent afternoons in the library, turning crisp pages full of fuzzy black and white photographs, detailed drawings of famous mummies, and lists of strange artifacts.  She intended to dig in Egypt one day, hot sand stinging her eyes, treasures from the gods of long ago unearthed delicately by a soft brush and her fingers.

She ended up a stay-at-home mom, raising six children.  The treasures she so delicately picked out of the sand were bright plastic trucks and bottle caps and sticks punched through leaves to make flags for castles. Her tools were not brushes and picks but soft words and pancakes and singing and love.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Melusine Gets a Makeover!

This is one mermaid you don't want to mess with!  

If you've read the Clockwork Siren Series, you know Melusine is a badass.  Time for the cover to reflect that.  Check out the monster hunter's makeover and tell me what you think.
To celebrate, Immersed will be only 99 cents until June 29th on Kindle.

Thanks to the cover designer, Andreea Vraciu!!  

Friday, June 16, 2017