C. Lee McKenzie


C. Lee McKenzie's background is linguistics with a specialty in intercultural communication and managing the global classroom. She's now a novelist who writes young adult and middle grade books.

ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, her first middle grade novel, just received a great Kirkus review. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/c-lee-mckenzie/alligators-overhead/

Excerpt: "McKenzie pens a swampy middle-grade story full of humor, hauntings, quirky characters and a mystery that continues to develop to the very end."

"A short, fun story that will excite both young and old imaginations."

Her Young Adult books include Sliding on the Edge (2009) and The Princess of Las Pulgas (2010). (Both were originally published by WestSide Book publications.) The eBook anthology called The First Time (2011) includes Premeditated Cat, her short story, and Two & Twenty Dark Tales (2012) includes her short story, Into The Sea of Dew.

Intercultural communication in the classroom and on the job. Editing and writing.

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Alligators Overhead
Alligators, witches and spooky mansions aren't your average neighbors unless you live in the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville.


The Great Time Lock Disaster, Sequel to Alligators Overhead
Price: Free! Words: 37,750. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
No YouTube, no smoothies, no Manga. Not ever again. Not unless Pete figures out how to reverse his bad spell and free Weasel and him from Victorian England.
Sliding On The Edge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,820. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Shawna Stone is a girl who's destined to be a no one, until she winds up on a California horse ranch with a grandmother she's never known and meets Magic, a doomed horse that "understands" her isolation and her secret desire to destroy herself.

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  • The Mission on May 24, 2015

    The Mission is a short horror piece that compels you to read to the end. The encounter in a crumbling mission with plant life bent on digesting adventurous boys is gripping in its detail and suspense.