I’ve been working on a project involving a fictional family with a secret history in German silent film for several years now — but it wasn’t until a recent trip home that I learned that my great-grandmother acted in movie in or around 1919. So far, research hasn’t turned up any details, but I collected some photos of Lia Martin, born Hauzinger (and known to me strictly as “Grossi”) in a Flickr set.
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.