a novel

(forthcoming in 2024)

Cadenza is the story of a woman’s drive to succeed and overcome her physical and emotional scars. It’s a tale of relentless ambition, dark secrets, and the lengths to which the human mind will go.


At the age of seven, Jennifer Coleman is severely burned in a house fire that kills her sister. Despite the barriers of her scarred face and her tragic childhood, she reaches the pinnacle of achievement as a classical concert pianist, but at a deep psychological cost.


During Jennifer’s meteoric rise as a virtuoso pianist, her disfigurement takes on mythic proportions. She is internationally loved and admired, but unable to love herself. At a pivotal point in her career, she meets an extraordinarily creative, suicidal musician named Felix, who challenges Jennifer's beliefs and falls deeply in love with her. Will Jennifer be able to learn from Felix’s example before she self-destructs?