Real life often colors what authors write. In my case, my memories of raising my young son without a father provided the kernel of true experience in my story JEREMIAH LUCKY AND THE GUARDIAN ANGEL. (www.guardianangelpublishing.com) As far as I know, my son did not ever have a face-to-face meeting with a guardian angel. But it would have helped us both if he had.
In those early years I struggled to provide a decent life on a low paying salary and my son often longed for a father. We tried for communication when he was nine. We initiated a summer phone call with his father who lived over a hundred miles away. D.'s father, who had chosen not to marry when we created our son, did speak with him and promised another call and visit in September. It never happened. My son stopped mentioning his lack of a dad.
We coped. I was the only woman attending a cub scout overnight camping trip with my son. We shot b-bee guns at targets, learned how to shoot with a bow and arrow, fished and sat around a campfire with the other boys and their dads. D. loved our domed tent which we used again on a long car trip to Texas, camping each day at a KOA early enough so D. could swim and I could sit by the pool, drink wine coolers, and read. It was a wonderful, close and bonding time together.
Eventually I married a man with a young daughter and we had a family at last. Two incomes and lots of father/son activities made a huge difference in D.'s growth. My husband adopted D. and when the boy scouts organized a winter camping trip, he and D. sheltered in that domed tent, toasty in quality sleeping bags.
As I think about Jeremiah's story in JEREMIAH LUCKY AND THE GUARDIAN ANGEL, I realize I hoped to give my eight-year-old character comfort from his angel guardian. Jeremiah has a strong, loving mother and a friend, Tommy, with whom he shares boy play that is not only active but creative. Will Jeremiah get a father? The second book has already been written and will be released near the end of 2015.
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