Selected Works

A Rather Adult Young Adult Novel, 2014
A Young Adult novel, 2012
Adults and Young Adults
A 2010 Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book
Younger Readers
A new twist to a very old story. Beautifully illustrated by Heather Solomon.
A tall tale from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winner of the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for best writing in a picture book. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Works in Progress
A middle grade novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

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Transformations in Writing

Hans Brinker

May 14, 2012

Tags: writing, essays, writing process, HOW SHE LEFT

A classic story of a brother/sister bond
To ease myself into a new project, I am tinkering with autobiographical essays that were in various states of incompletion--several just needing a solid conclusion, but conclusions are very hard for me. Finished one essay yesterday about loving the book HANS BRINKER by Mary Mapes Dodge when I was a young reader, using the (more…)

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

April 8, 2012

Tags: autobiographical short stories, Four Secrets, writing

This song is an anthem for one of the sisters in my short story collection, tentatively titled, HOW SHE LEFT. It is from my past, sung by the late great Sandy Denny in the 60's--I love it and my character loves it, plays it over and over--it (more…)


December 30, 2011

Tags: autobiographical short stories, writing, writing process

I had hoped to finish a first draft of a novel-in-stories, but the month of December was filled with tasks and programs and holiday concerns that took me away from a solid writing schedule. That's okay. I am about two-thirds finished with this new project, tentatively titled HOW SHE LEFT. Now it will take (more…)


July 30, 2011

Tags: new novel, writing

Epigram for the new novel: "Dreams are the touchstones of our character." Henry David Thoreau

I am nervous about my newly finished novel relying so heavily on the character's ongoing nightmares. It seems a tricky conceit, and one that is easy for writers to abuse. However, it is crucial to the plot that my (more…)

A Continuation of Moths and Metamorphoses

July 16, 2011

Tags: writing, Summer of Silk Moths, The Pact, Bella's voice, Michigan Gwen Frostic Award

Moths and Metamorphoses is the blog I started with the publication of A SUMMER OF SILK MOTHS in 2009. I am now starting a new record of my observations, projects and concerns as a writer in the process of tranforming (more…)