Words are my imagination’s native language, as well as my profession. I’ve published fiction and nonfiction books and a variety of other work.
Do you speak the same language? Find useful resources for other writers here, too.
Grief, intuition, and spirituality are topics I tackle frequently in essays published on Medium. Popular recently:
Travel along on a quest, defend a tenth-century abbey, or meet a zany secret agent. My fantasies for young readers earned awards from the Junior Library Guild and Bank Street College of Education, among others. Still available online as ebooks—or contact me for a hardcover.
Watch out for growling neighbors—and monsters! Great illustrations helped earn a Henry Bergh Honor from the ASPCA. Download a parent/teacher guide for The Garbage Monster or Bears Barge In, or watch as I read of The Garbage Monster to you!
Nonfiction books & corporate writing
The histories of paper mills, public utilities, and construction companies are more interesting than you might expect! I write routinely for Fortune 100 companies with smaller projects, as well as anniversary books.
Nothing fancy. Writing poems has become a mindfulness practice for me, a way to get a grip on slippery feelings. And sharing such work can help us all appreciate nature, our emotions, and each other. Here are a few of my favorites:
Undaunted: A Lyric to the Lowly
Rather low on the ladder of life,
Defies good sense and logic,
Sprouts in unlikely places.
A splash of green, it enlivens
Concrete and asphalt,
Undaunted by either
A rock or a hard place.
While I, a bit taller
But so often daunted,
Fancy myself nearer the gods.
Useful resources for writers
My top recommendation: Join an organization for the type of writing you want to do. They can help you find instruction, critique partners, and marketing advice. A few of my favorites:
- The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- The Pacific Northwest Writers Association
- Hugo House (Seattle)
- The Author’s Guild
A few tips are handy when you’re first learning to give and receive critiques.
When it comes to everything else, from how to write dialogue to manuscript formatting, Google is your friend. Want a shortcut? Try this this creative writing glossary and links suggested by a young writer and fan named Jaymee.