Author of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Published by Guardian Angel Publishing December 2014:

Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel
Jeremiah needs a little help and he gets it with the sudden appearance of his guardian angel. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Jeremiah Lucky Finds Puppy Love
Jeremiah dodges a kiss from a princess and falls head over heels for a lost puppy. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Watch for these titles coming soon:

The Whispering Chimney
Eleven-year old Bethany finds a stone chimney and discovers a beautiful but terrifying past. (upper middle grade)

(Beyond the) Stone Eagle Gate
David, age fifteen, flees a false accusation and takes refuge in a haunted, abandoned mansion. (YA, historical fiction ghost story)

The Interplanetary Adventures of Yan Sunnara: Book I Rescue on Lato
Cultural scientist Yan Sunnara rescues an unusual child on the planet of Lato with the help of an exotic and beautiful Uvian archaeologist. (Adult, soft Science Fiction, Rescue on Lato is the first of a series of four novellas.)

Cross Over
Three teens are connected by a mysterious and sometimes frightening ability to cross over from one dimension here on earth to another. This YA novel placed in the top three in Florida Writers 2013 RPLA competition. Speculative Fiction.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A "Moving Forward Summer"

As I write this summer winds down, much too rapidly. I spent all of July and the first week of August at my home in West Virginia, escaping the Florida heat, but missing my friends here. Despite much outside yard work, I managed to do a major re-write of my middle grade novel The Whispering Chimney. Following advice given in a critique session in the June SCBWI conference in Orlando, I chopped off the first thirty pages and got the story started when my character Bethany first hears voices from the ruins of a pioneer chimney. I did weave in some of the back story after the story was cranking, and it all seemed to work. One of my "test readers" was a ten-year-old girl in my WV neighborhood. She and her mother came for a discussion after she had finished. I've been out of the classroom for a few years and it was refreshing to hear her talk about the book. In short, she loved it, identified with the main character, found her "likable" and "kid like" and enjoyed the story's up-beat ending. Needless to say, I continue to be pumped up from her review. She's exactly the type of reader I had in mind for my book. It was also interesting for me to hear her say she liked stories "told by the author" (third person) better than first person stories. I'm sending The Whispering Chimney to the same editor who gave me the critique. Hopefully, this story will be published and in the hands of many more ten or eleven-year-olds.

Some Great MG and YA books

  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Red Blood Road by Moira Young
  • On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz 2012)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore