Sweet 16!

Today, my boy Smokey turns 16. He and his litter mates were born on Halloween, on the front porch of a co-worker of mine at the time. Their mom was a stray. When they were eight weeks old, my co-worker brought all six (or eight) kittens to work. I chose Rosie because my co-worker said … Continue reading Sweet 16!

The Process

I love the editing process, but I don’t know how many times I wondered if I wasn’t just wasting my time working and re-working chapters or paragraphs or sentences. Even words. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean. Sometimes it takes a while before you know you have it right. For me, there's … Continue reading The Process

The Journey

When I brought Smokey home in December, 2009 and learned some of what happened, I knew I had to write about it. I entered an early draft of the story to the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest where Smokey’s Walkabout was a finalist in the Children’s/Middle Grade category. That early draft was way … Continue reading The Journey

The Story

Smokey’s Walkabout is a middle grade novel that tells the story of a cat who leaves home and takes the next two years and nine months to return. The story is inspired by actual events. Smokey is my cat. And he really was away from home for two years and nine months. He’s fifteen now, … Continue reading The Story

Happy News!

I have accepted an offer to be represented by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency! This is a culmination of many attempts over the years to have my writing work represented by a literary agent. For me, this is a dream come true. A mere period ( . ) will not suffice!