Writing is a passion, an addiction, and I enjoy indulging it. My topics range from nature (Exploring the Ozark Hills - a book of nature essays and photographs - and "My Ozark Home" - nature photographs and haiku) to science (The Pumpkin Project - botany investigations, puzzles, stories and more about pumpkins and "The City Water Project" - water investigations, activities, puzzles, stories on how we get and use water) to novels.
Goats are popular subjects in "Goat Games" - puzzles, stories and more - and the novels "Dora's Story" - the life of a dairy goat - and "Capri Capers" - a blend of 1930s movie serial and melodrama. Bullying is dealt with in the three Hazel Whitmore books - "Broken Promises", "Old Promises" and Mistaken Promises" - "Edwina" - with a touch of fantasy - and "Running the Roads". These are all upper middle grade to beginning young adult.
Watercolor illustrating is challenging. I started with - what else? - goat pictures in "For Love of Goats". Then I dared to illustrate my first picture book "Waiting for Fairies".
There are so many story ideas out on my hills. This next year will bring more, but in a different form. Science fiction - "The Carduan Chronicles" - will bring an alien invasion into an Ozark ravine and has become two books. And there is the Planet Autumn series of serious science science fiction. Three of these are on track for 2021 release. Both require some illustrations which takes warmer weather.
My pen name is in honor of my Nubian dairy goats. My goats have shared my life for over 45 years now. I have a flock of chickens and 5 cats as well as a vegetable garden.
A degree in zoology and several years teaching science seems to slide into my books too. Knowing more about why nature works the way she does makes what I observe more special.
Country living may not be for everyone. It is the way for me. Visit my website to find out more about country living and my goats.