A Journey with a Rookie Writer.
Let's enjoy the ride together!
My latest project is a three book series about Shaina, the Loud Unlucky Leprechaun. It germinated while I was in COVID quarantine in Ireland. Stuck in a hotel room for seven days, Shaina's adventures came to life in my journal writing.
Boxy Bob- Boxy Bob wants to deliver happiness by being filled with dazzling, flashy Christmas stuff. But his cargo continually gets crushed. When he is left protecting an abandoned pup, he is certain his box life is over. But hope comes in the form of a freckle-faced boy. Boxy finds true happiness when he and the puppy are placed under the Christmas tree to fulfill a Christmas wish.
Misfit Mosquito-a mosquito's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story who overcomes her handicap to find her true mission in life.
Not a Book Girl-A spunky eight-year-old escapes into her overactive imagination to avoid reading of any kind until her friend shares his book that connects with her inner superhero.
Middle Grade Manuscripts:
Puzzling Brotherhood-At Camp Riddle the brothers, Boden and Hudson are on rival teams and battling to be Camp Champs, but what happens if winning means losing your brother forever?
Quilt Rider-a time travel historical fiction where Landry, via quilts & a diary found in the attic, travels to the 1850's farm life in mid-America and unknowingly befriends her great, great, grandmother.
Rule of Three-a contemporary realistic fiction of Billie, a 13 year old girl left to raise her two younger brothers while trying to be a teenager and coping with her dysfunctional parents. To force her father to be present, Billie runs away, but realizes too late she has inadvertently abandoned her family, just as her mother has done.
Keepers of the Secret Code: This is a coming of age story set during the Antebellum South Era in Charleston, South Carolina, about secret messages revealed through quilt patterns used to help enslaved people escape on the Underground Railroad.
(based on the family legacy of Teresa R. Kemp, co-author)
Anderson Elementary in Union Public Schools
Ator Elmentary in Owasso Public Schools
Jefferson Elementary in Union Public Schools
Lincoln Christian 180 at Lincoln Christian School
Vandever Elementary in Broken Arrow Schools
Keepers of the Secret Code Reviews:
"An incredible ...journey of researching, writing, editing and likely shedding tears when frustrated to compose such a beautiful story. Your book truly capitvated me and was an enlightenment of details I didn't know."
--Glenda Buttery, former teacher
"I was moved to tears several times while reading this work because the authors lead the reader on a beautiful, yet excruciatingly difficult journey. Yet there was joy in this book as well, joy in the love and compassion his family shared and in the moments of sincere and giving love, generosity and the strength of the human spirit. I hope that all people have the opportunity to read this work, to feel the reality so artfully protrayed and to learn."
--Amy Brewer, Agent at Metamorphosis Literary Agency
"I've read Keepers of the Secret Code. Excellent book and very well written." Ms. Krystal Rogers, private school, 6th grade teacher