Novelist | Screenwriter | Texas Goat Whisperer
The Beasts That create Us
The Misfit Diaries Book One
The Beasts That Create Us is the first of three thrilling contemporary western crime novels about the profoundly savage life of Iriki, a wild-at-heart mixed-race lesbian girl who is crippled by polio. This is the first of three coming-of-age stories about this exceptional girl who is raised on her gun-thug father’s ranch in crime-rife Texas during the tumultuous gangster-driven decades of the 1960s and 70s.
Iriki “Ranger” Medina, the illegitimate daughter of an illegal immigrant, is trapped in a cycle of dramatic sexual awakenings and wildly criminal adventures. Her larger-than-life father, Tarahumara witch grandmother, and her free-thinking mother raise Iriki as if she were a boy on the remote Texas hill country homestead. Her life is defined and redefined by shocking cycles of victory, defeat, and redemption — all related and all mysterious.
Will she survive the extremes of emotion and physicality? Will she survive the fires forging her into the woman of strength, beauty, and legend she strives to be? Or will she die a hopelessly scarred denizen sacrificed to the flames of failure kindled by the people, places, and events of her life? Only the whispering spirits of the wild world she lives in know.
If you love discovering secrets of hidden Americana, contemporary western thrillers, strong-willed women, gangland criminality, and the two Netflix hits Godless and Longmire, you will fall in love with The Beasts That Create Us, the first novel in the Misfit Diaries.Manhunter’s Mercy: A Misfit Diaries Prequel questions the power of compassion over the power of fame and fortune. Two lives will be directly affected by the lawman’s decision to try for the historic shot or to try to take the fugitive alive.