I am the award-winning author of ten novels, including three middle-grade books. I have also ghost-written six children's books and three graphic novels. My books have been well-reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, the Midwest Book Review and other noteworthy outlets.
My career has afforded me many opportunities to teach and speak on writing techniques and the writing life.
I taught kids how to drive. Loved it!
I am the author of ten adult novels and three middle grade novels. I enjoy working with new writers and help them develop their voice and style. I also speak and teach about writing and what it means to be a writer. I am patient and caring.
2010 Carol Awards Finalist No longer able or willing to leave her home, the unusual Agnes Sparrow has committed herself to a life of prayer - prayer that has resulted in numerous miracles, both large and garden variety, including a prize-winning pumpkin. The rural residents of Bright's Pond, a quirky Pennsylvania town, are so enamored with Agnes they plan to erect a sign in her honor on the in... read more
Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog Lucky. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise are what Charlotte expected. Her trailer is a ramshackle old place in need of major repair, and the people of Paradise are harboring more secrets than Bayer has aspirin. Charlotte's new friend Rose Tattoo learns tha... read more
Welcome back to Bright's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. The folks have suddenly grown younger, happier, and even a bit friskier thanks to Leon Fontaine, the newest Paradise Trailer Park resident. But Mildred Blessing is suspicious and sets out to investigate while the wedding to end all weddings is being planned. Only, in Bright's Pond, nothing ever re... read more
After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. When Harriet learns that she’s going to be a grandma for the first time and get a new suite with room for her salt-and-pepper shaker collection, she can’t wait for her best friend, Martha, to come visit so she can share her good news.But adventure... read more
More than frosting filled those cakes…Wilma Sue seems destined to go from one foster home to the next—until she is sent to live with sisters and missionaries, Ruth and Naomi. Do they really care about Wilma Sue, or are they just looking for a Cinderella-style farmhand to help raise chickens and bake cakes?As Wilma Sue adjusts to her new surroundings and helps deliver “special” cakes, Wilma Sue... read more
At breakfast, I sit at the table and work on three things:1. A bowl of Rice Krispies with sliced banana on top 2. My courage 3. How exactly to tell Mom I'm moving to the roof Joyce is desperate to get out of the room she shares with her older sister. All she wants is some peace and quiet, not the kind that fills the space left by her missing brother and tastes like butterscotch gone sour, the ... read more
Aging and recent widow Harriet Beamer insists she’s getting along fine with her dog Humphrey in Philadelphia … until she falls for the fourth time, injuring her ankle, and causing her son and daughter-in-law to cry foul. Insisting Harriet move in with them in California, they make a bet that her ankle is broken, and she foolishly promises to move if they’re right. Four x-rays later, Harriet’s ... read more
Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing Home, Griselda learns to fly—literally—after a pilot makes an emergency landing and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright’s Pond. But Griselda’s newfound freedom—and her flight time with handsome pilot, Cliff—is hampered by other happenings in town. Like the gold digger w... read more
Maybelle can't sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it's just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II. Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family herit... read more
When Luna's best friend Mason dies, she's determined to hold onto his memory. Moving in with Mason's mentally disabled mother, Ruby Day, Luna takes over the cooking and cleaning. But trouble arrives in the form of Ruby Day's aunt, who wants her niece put away in a mental institution. It will take all Luna's willpower to defeat the aunt, and along the way she'll learn what it means to lay down ... read more
Welcome back to Bright's Pond. Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally. A pilot makes an emergency landing on Hector's Hill and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright's Pond. Griselda becomes enamored with Cliff Cardwell and his airplane, a 1952 Cesna Beachpiper and takes... read more
Honey Moon is in a terrible pickle. She borrowed her mother's precious silver locket without permission and now the family heirloom has gone missing. Honey suspects it was taken by one of her best friends. She sets out to find the necklace before her mother notices it's gone. Along the way, Honey meets Shiver, who turns out to be much more than the owner of the newest popsicle shop in Sleepy H... read more
Honey Moon comes face to face with Clarice Kligore and her Royal Shades she knows something must be done to keep this mean club from taking over Sleepy Hollow Elementary. Welcome to The Enchanting World of Honey Moon and her life in Sleepy Hollow, Massachusetts. Honey sets out to beat them at their own game, forming her own club, The Queen Bees. Instead of chasing the Shades off the playground... read more
A Sleepy Hollow Valentine's Day dance with a boy! NO WAY, NO HOW is 4th grader Honey Moon going to a scary sweetheart dance with that Noah kid. But, after being forced to dance together in PE class, word gets around that Honey likes Noah. Now, she has no choice but to stop Valentine's Day in its tracks. Things never go as planned and Honey winds up with the surprise of her Sleepy Hollow life.
Honey Moon has had it with the scary stuff at least for Christmas. She wants Sleepy Hollow to celebrate her favorite holiday like a normal town. When she learns about the scary celebration planned for the same day, Honey and her friends, Becky and Claire, have one chance to take the season back. But that means climbing a rickety old tower in the dark, solving a decade old mystery and ringing a... read more
WANTING TO START A BUSINESS together to earn some spending money, Honey Moon and her friends have a magical idea. In the town where every day is Halloween night, Honey and friends start a dog–walking service called the Sleepy Hollow Howlers. But when the business becomes more than the girls can handle, dog–walking suddenly takes on a new leash and fur flies with disastrous and entertaining res... read more
When mayor Kligore announces his plan to build the world’s largest snowman in the middle of town, the residents of Sleepy Hollow are thrilled! Media coverage will be epic, for sure, as the town constructs a perfect snow and ice replica of the Headless Horseman statue. Town revenue will skyrocket! What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! Harry Moon had his suspicions from the get-go. But when the ... read more
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NY Times best-selling writer/editor with over 100 children's books published, including chapter books, and graphic novels.