A Little About My Background
I started writing seriously in 2011 after my sister persuaded me to attend a meeting of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
She had been attending herself, and kept nagging me to come. Finally I did. She told me later that if I had not gone that time, she was never going to mention it to me again. But I went, and there I met author Kay Kudlinski, and joined her critique class.
That's when the ball started to roll. Joining the critique group was the single most important action in my writing career. Ever since, I've been writing young adult and middle grade novels, putting them in front of my critique group, revising, and improving my craft.
Before focusing on writing children's novels, I worked as a software developer in the telecom industry for seventeen years, then developed and operated an online ordering service for pizza shops, and for a few years I wrote custom poems on demand for any and all occasions.
Now I plan to focus on my writing, work through the query process and eventually be published. So far it has been a long and thrilling process with enough ups and downs to make it a first class roller coaster ride. But I think I'll get there in the end.
The six kids in the first Students in Space project are marooned aboard the new International Space Station after it is damaged by a terrorist strike. Now they must scramble to survive until NASA sends a rescue mission, or die trying.
A girl fearing to let people know she can talk to ghosts is kidnapped from a government research facility by a rogue scientist. He transfers her mind into a cat's body and forces her to spy on his competitors. Now she has to overcome his schemes or never regain her own body again.
A lonely teenage boy struggles to overcome the perils of the Mojave desert, and the suspicion of three genetically enhanced children, in order to rescue them from unscrupulous scientists.
UPGRADES was a Finalist in the 2016 Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature, sponsored by Connecticut's Shoreline Arts Alliance.
EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
A blind boy given vision by a puppy he rescues from the side of the road is forced to escape a kidnapper in order to save both himself and his very special dog.
EYES OF THE BEHOLDER was a Finalist in the 2015 Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature, sponsored by Connecticut's Shoreline Arts Alliance.
The Trans-Atlantic Causeway project was supposed to be the dream summer internship for four teenage friends. But that was before they stumble into sabotage, murder and espionage.
CAUSEWAY was a Finalist in the 2014 Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature, sponsored by Connecticut's Shoreline Arts Alliance.
A teenage boy living in the asteroid belt fights to prevent a ruthless corporation from destroying his father's giant ice asteroid, to save his family, friends, and the entire belter community.