Works in Progress

Middle Grade Novels

Boys jumping on rock at beach, photo by Ajay Bhargav

The Dock Boy, ages 9-12  Finalist in the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards. Twelve-year-old Rein Thompson-Mullins lost his mom to cancer and yearns for a friend while staying with his uncle on Cape Cod where he meets a homeless boy the locals call, Dock Boy. Like the blue crabs in the murky waters below, Rein must trust his feelings and look beyond the surface of distrust and be a friend to Dock Boy or lose him to the streets or foster care. Estimated date of completion: Spring 2022

Half Moon on the Erie Canal, historical fiction, ages 9-12. Ten-year-old Angel just wants a normal life while her family helps build the Erie Canal, but it’s far from normal when she has to keep her eight-year-old sister Hattie away from wooden structures because she’s a firestarter. Angel must follow her heart and decide what’s best for the family, and Hattie. This novel is a work in progress. Estimated date of completion: Fall 2022

 

Young Adult Memoir #OwnVoices

Girl sitting with husky and clouds

If I Had Wings, is a fictionalized true story about a sixteen-year-old girl named Simone Miller who witnesses her mother’s attempted suicide minutes before she’s sent to work at a sled dog kennel deep in the Rocky Mountains. She soon discovers the man she works for has his own mental health issues and the well-being of the sled dogs is in danger.  While she must fight for the survival of her own mental health through writing poetry and finding strength in the raw beauty of nature, she attempts to save the lives of the sled dogs she loves. Journal entries and poetry are layered throughout the text. This manuscript is a work in progress.

Picture Books

Leonardo & The Secret Cave is a fictionalized true story for ages 7-9 about ten-year-old Leonardo da Vinci who wants to discover what lurks inside a big, dark, and mysterious cave, but his fears get in the way.  Will he set aside his fears and realize his curiosity is stronger? Backmatter is included with author note, fun facts, short biography, references, and further reading. This 438-word count manuscript is available upon request.

Raven Home, is a lyrical picture book for ages 7-9 based in Ireland. Dun Raven is swept away by strong winds and wants more than anything to find his way home, but the wind itself keeps him off course. It’s not until he listens to his heart and hears the loving words of his mother that leads him home. Includes backmatter with author note, facts on birds of Ireland and landmarks, references, and further reading. This 555-word manuscript is available upon request.

In the Poison Garden, is the reimagining of Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward for ages 4-7 that introduces kids to poisonous animals and plants from around the world. This manuscript was a finalist in the New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards, 2019. Back matter includes author note, facts about the plants and animals, and suggestions for further reading. This 383-word manuscript is available upon request.

Monster Toast, ages 3-6, Cassie wants her dreamtime, but her finicky monsters are hungry. Not even spaghetti topped with Wasabi and prunes satisfies them. Cassie must create the one bedtime concoction that tames her monsters’ appetites, (and her own inner beast) that anyone can get any sleep. This 421-word manuscript is available upon request.

Tea’ in the Garden with Miss O’Keeffe, ages 4-7 Six-year-old Tea’ sits with the great American painter, Miss Georgia O’Keeffe in her garden. They drink tea as Tea’ learns about the many rocks, artifacts, and deer antlers Miss O’Keeffe has collected, as well as the beautiful flowers that inspired her paintings. This book was inspired by the photographs my father took while visiting Miss O’Keeffe and the stories he shared with me. This manuscript is a work in progress. Estimated date of completion: Spring 2022

I am You, and I’m Grateful for…is an A-Z devotional for kids 4+ that celebrates our diversity while empowering kids when they feel anxious, angry, or sad by practicing gratitude. This 317-word manuscript is available upon request.