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People who catch me reading are as likely to find me thumbing through a picture book as anything else. I'm glad I have grandkids, because I still can't get enough of this fun, quirky genre.

Stories for kids are just as much fun to write as they are to read. A tweak here, a tuck there, and ideas morph from imagination into polished prose, ready to burst into life!

My most recent kid's story is Thirteen, a middle-grade paranormal story co-written with Joe DiBuduo. It first appeared in 31 Nights of Halloween (Rainstorm Press, 2011). Tootie-Do Press released it as an Amazon children's short (Kindle ebook) with a fun witchy-themed cover by artist Yetzenia Leiva in October 2019!

My middle-grade library market books, The National Mall and Lewis & Clark: Exploring the American West, were released by Enslow Publishing in 2005 and 2010.

Li'l Bit, now titled Paisley Perez and the Big Purple Bike, a birthday wish tale inspired years ago by my youngest daughter, won 4th runner-up in the Juvenile Fiction category of the 2010 Alabama Writers Conclave writing contest. I haven't found a home for the story and just might team up with an illustrator for a self-pub soon. Stay tuned! 


Pig of Ill Repute - Illustration by Kevin Scott Collier

Rainstorm Press, 2011

Many thanks to Kevin Scott Collier, editor, illustrator, and author extraordinaire, for the illustration and publishing opportunity for my first children's story, Pig of Ill Repute. (StoryBox Library, 2006). Thank you also to  Lyle Perez-Tinics, who edited 31 Nights of Halloween and graciously included "Thirteen" in addition to the 31 featured stories of this adorable anthology of middle-grade stories. 


Listen to the mustn'ts, child, listen to the don'ts.

Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.

Anything can happen, child, anything can be.

                      ::: Shel Silverstein

May Is Get Caught Reading Month!

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