What do you do when your family tells you the house you've just moved into is haunted? As a Taoist, Reiki practitioner, and psychologist, I want to understand this place and the people who lived here. If I can figure out what they want, maybe we can peacefully coexist. 

From a Shadow Man in our hallway to a Weeping Woman in the guest unit, the action never stops at Peppergate Ranch. I'm compelled to write about this long, strange trip, if only to have something to pass on to the next family.

When you read American Bruja (pronounced broo-ha), please feel free to ask questions about what it's like to live in this house in the middle of the Simi Hills, with reality stars at one end and the Manson family's Spahn Ranch at the other. Readers outside our outlaw community struggle to believe we really exist. The true Simi Hills stories are so outlandish, fact is stranger than fiction. If you are curious, I'll be happy to share which parts are fact and which parts are fiction.

Photography by John Luker, Community Activist. Dia de los Muertes makeup by Artist Carlos Nietos.

If I am following you, it's for a reason: your quirky profile, your sense of humor, your undiscovered book deserving of attention. If you are wondering why, ask! Psychologists don't bite and I'm not on Wattpad to psychoanalyze anybody.

For read requests, head over to @WayfarersLamppost and check out the Book Club rules.

Finally, I am a bit of an odd duck in that I am not interested in leaving my career to be a fiction writer. I am writing fiction with no expectation of making money or finding fame. I write fiction simply for the love of the process.

  • Los Angeles, California
  • JoinedJuly 2, 2016

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