It is no secret to my friends and family that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Part of the reason, no doubt, is that I was born on Thanksgiving Day. I cannot remember any Thanksgiving where I was not surrounded by at least some family. Many, many Thanksgiving Day feasts have been personally prepared and hosted by me (with family members bringing favorite dishes, of course). This is the year of our "Big Thanksgiving" at my home in West Virginia. We call it that because not every year has everyone, or nearly everyone, attending. This year will be jam packed with a new baby, a newly married couple, a new college attendee, a granddaughter who just made it to"double digits," a much-loved sister coming all the way from Egypt, and a son-in-law who just ran the NYC marathon in 3 hours 34 minutes. And all the rest of us with joys, accomplishments, and memories to share.
As I anticipate and reflect on the coming weeks of preparation and excitement, my thoughts turn to my stories. All three of my major novels and some of my shorter works have an underlying theme of family or the search for family. Two stories have high points occurring in November and scenes of Thanksgiving gatherings. As I gather with loved ones for this wonderful holiday of thanks, I like to have my characters also surrounded by love and family. May all of you who read this blog be especially blessed with the love of family and friends this coming Thanksgiving.
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.)
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.
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