October, 2019: a screenplay I co-wrote, “The Shepherd,” a period supernatural horror film, was a semifinalist in the 2019 Slamdance Screenplay Competition in the Horror category! The script was in the top 31 out of over 4000 scripts submitted.

August, 2019: Good news for Good Girl, Bad Girl (Niña Buena, Niña Mala)! The script advanced to second round judging for Sundance 2020 Development Track, and was in pre-selection for the Hubert Bals Fund.

October 27, 2017: My novel-in-progress, Song of the Nightshade, is a semi-finalist in the 2017 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. This is a historical fantasy set in Prohibition Era New Orleans.

October 16, 2016: My feature romantic comedy Dear Gina, Wish You Were Here, Love Jesús, won “Best Romance” at the 7th annual Oaxaca Film Festival in Oaxaca Mexico! Wish I could have been there, but jobs and aerophobia kept me here at home writing. My filmmaking partner, Jorge Sermini, was able to attend on my behalf.

October 4, 2016: Yellow Bird Editors runs a bi-annual first page contest, where writers can submit the first page of what they are working on. This fall, Song of the Nightshadeone of my novels-in-progress was a finalist! This is historical fantasy set in New Orleans during the 1920s.

September 7, 2016: I’m super happy to have one of my feature scripts, Dear Gina, Wish You Were Here, Love Jesús, win Best Romance at the 7th annual Oaxaca Film Festival in 2016. It competed this year in three categories: Best Overall Script, Best Original Concept, and Best Romance. My filmmaking partner, Jorge Sermini, traveled down to represent the script. He went last year when my script How to Eat Pho was accepted into the film festival, although it did not compete.