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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate 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.
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.
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