Elle Woodman works as a cook at an isolated lodge on No Name Key until Billy, her brutal husband reappears, pulling her into a whirlpool of murder, concealment and fear. Set against the backdrop of the 1935 hurricane that decimated the Florida Keys, a desperate Elle puts Billy on the last ferry out. But Blanche Rowlands, Billy’s wealthy paramour suspects that Billy may have suffered a worse fate that being taken by the storm.
In the great depression of the 1930’s No Name Key is unconnected to the mainland: wild weather, desperate characters and treacherous swamp, a woman has got to use all her strength just to survive.
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I moved to Key West from Montreal almost nine years ago and continue to be awestruck by the beauty and strangeness of this place.
The first 10,000 words of No Name Key took first place in TSKW’s all Monroe County “Writes of Spring” contest in 2012. I took that contest very seriously, worked hard on the entry and that pat on the back was enough to carry me through the duration of the entire book.
I am in the process of editing the sequel to No Name Key and have another novel near completion entitled “Mangrovia.” This is a modern tale set in the sometimes dangerous and always odd Florida Keys.
In an earlier writing life, before I took a decade off, I published numerous pieces of short fiction in literary journals
In 2011, I published “Arrest Me (before I write again)” a collection of four rather twisted short stories. The title for this collection is an obvious take on “Arrest me before I kill again,” the chilling and famous message scrawled in lipstick on a mirror at a crime scene.
Recent awards include 2017 Anne McKee Grant for the sequel to No Name Key and first prize in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest for “I thought we were Friends.”