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Welcome readers of all ages! My books are varied; I write in multiple genres with one important ingredient--everything I write is from the heart.

Honor for my picture book CLEVER BEATRICE from the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Center for the Book:

Set in the Upper Peninsula of MICHIGAN

Chosen as the book to represent MICHIGAN in 2018 by the Library of Congress' Center of the Book Discover Great Places Through Reading Program. My book representing my state. I am so honored and grateful!

A New Development and a Reclamation

I have happily redesigned and reclaimed my 2009 novel A SUMMER OF SILK MOTHS. Complete with illustrations. Available at Amazon here

Luna moth drawing by the book's narrator, Pete, a young nature artist.

Available at Indiebound here

In 2009 A Summer of Silk Moths received an Honor Award from the Green Earth Book Awards, an environmental stewardship award for books for children and teenagers. Find more information about the Green Earth Book Awards here

The Sea Sister is currently in submission for publication. In the meantime, I have started a sequel.

A mermaid saga of discovery and transformation. A twisted plot. A profusion of secrets. A love story.

My YA novel Beetle Boy was one of two fiction finalists for the 2015 Society of Midland Writers Award in the category of children's fiction.

BEETLE BOY HAS BEEN NAMED A 2015 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE BANKS STREET COLLEGE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE COMMITTEE IN THE AGE 14 AND UP CATEGORY.

BEETLE BOY IS CURRENTLY A FINALIST FOR INDIEFAB 2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR.

Beetle Boy in the Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Book Review

A glowing review from the city of my birth.

Beetle Boy nominated by YALSA for 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

*Starred review in Publishers Weekly for Beetle Boy: "A potent story about the power that the past exerts on the present." Read the entire review here

*Starred Review for Beetle Boy in MUSE BCCB Journal

*Starred review in Kirkus for Beetle Boy! Read the entire review here

FOUR SECRETS, my 2012 young adult novel about bullies, warrior, secrets and a little time in juvenile detention, is now available in paperback.

Illustration from FOUR SECRETS

**FOUR SECRETS receives starred review in Booklist!**"...Willey's story masterfully teases out information until the final pages--and the ultimate revelations are well worth the torture." --Booklist, October 2012

My Guest Column Essay from the Fall 2013 ALAN Review:

SOMETHING AWFUL IS HAPPENING TO ME, Seeds for a Novel About Bullying (201 KB)

My guest column for ALAN Review, discussing FOUR SECRETS and other notable works about bullying for children and adults about bullying.

ALA Booklist lists FOUR SECRETS among the 10 best Crime Fiction for Youths of 2013.

School Library Journal features my book launch party at my hometown indie bookstore, The Bookman of Grand Haven.

The haunting trailer for FOUR SECRETS. Watch it now

Discussion Guide for FOUR SECRETS is here

Author Interview about FOUR SECRETS at Keen Readers. Read it here.

A decade ago, I wrote 3 folktales for children, all of which featured the character Beatrice, a very brave and clever girl from the north woods. Clever Beatrice and its sequels are all illustrated by the amazing Heather Solomon.

Clever Beatrice
My Inner Beatrice
My granddaughter Beatrice