My books

My books fall into four categories: young adult trade fiction; direct-to-the-classroom books written for the education market [which is why there are no Amazon links for these titles]; adult non-fiction; and one book which I edited, not wrote.

Adult non-fiction:

Spontaneous Combustion: A Writer’s Primer for Creative Revival, CreateSpace/Deunamos Press: This why-to book on writing published in April 2013 is my first foray into indie publishing, and it’s the most fun I’ve had writing in years. I’ve framed it as a kind of tent revival, in book form, for those of us mired in the creative doldrums.




Spontaneous Combustion: A Writer's Primer for Creative Revival






Trade fiction:

Cheshire Cheshire Moon, Front Street: This will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first published novel. It tells the story of a deaf girl who prefers to sign rather than speak. Set on an island off the coast of Maine, there is also a touch of magical realism with shared dreams that seem to be “coming real.” What I am most proud of with this book is the warm response from members of the deaf community.

Cheshire Moon





The Door in the Lake, Front Street: My editor wanted to know why I refused to pay $50 to participate in a staged “alien abduction” for this book; I don’t think so! This book was chosen by the ALA as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and was also a Scholastic Book Club selection.

The Door In the Lake





Education books:

KateKate Shelley: A Quiet Hero, Pearson: This is a fictionalized biography of a real 19th-century Iowa girl who saved a trainload of passengers from disaster. Thanks to my wonderful writer-friend Mary Scarbrough, then living in Iowa but now in South Dakota, who found me a copy of an 1890’s-era newspaper article from Kate’s hometown that I could use as a primary source.







Lost in Time with Lewis and Clark, Pearson: Based on the journals of explorers Lewis and Clark, which by the way are freely available online via Project Gutenberg, this is a fictional version of their journey as seen through the eyes of time-traveling twins.









Nature’s Numbers, DK Publishing: Math may sound dry, but the more research I did for this book, the more excited I got about the Fibonacci series of numbers—a mathematical concept that is expressed in many elements of nature. I even corresponded with mathematicians in California and Switzerland to get some expert insight.







Pollinating Plants, Pearson: This is a book on plant pollination aimed at young elementary school readers.











Speaking in Signs, Pearson: This one is close to my heart because it allowed me to explore, in a non-fiction format, more about American Sign Language: a language with which I fell in love when researching my deaf protagonist, Miranda, for my first novel, Cheshire Moon.










In addition, I’ve also contributed anonymously to several different textbook series.

Edited books:



Writing it Right!, Writers Institute. I didn’t write this one; the wise and talented Sandy Asher did. This is the first book on which I was the lead editor. It’s a non-fiction work showcasing the process of revision in the work of over twenty published children’s authors. They were brave enough to share their early drafts and mid-stage rewrites, which helps you understand that it doesn’t mean that you are a lousy writer when your manuscript needs work. All books have to go through the revision process; you are not alone.






[Note: For your convenience, I’ve placed direct click-through links to Amazon should you care to purchase any of the books I mention on this website. If you do buy a book through these links, whether print or Kindle version, it won’t cost you any more, but it will contribute in a small way to support this website. And for that, I thank you.]


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