Like many children’s writers, my writing career began when my five year old asked (nagged) me to write down her favorite story. The retelling of the story we called Mommy was a Mermaid was the only way our little girl would allow us to wash her hair. Once begun, the written story took over, growing bigger, demanding more and more time. Having an audience of one who laughed out loud at every joke was the carrot that kept me working my butt off and happy about it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It’s all about the reader. What do I want? I want to write stories that kids love to read. I am still working for that carrot.
Some people control their destinies. Some people are called by destiny. Some people are called by their cat. This is the story of a girl and her cat.....
Desperate to escape a life of shame after being conned by her best friend, Tefnut (the cat) picks Miriam (the girl) to take her place so she (Tefnut) can spend the rest of her life hiding in the human world. When she discovers that Miriam’s family has elf ancestry, well, that just clinches it. Miriam’s fate is sealed. Miriam gets three fairy gifts, and she gets told exactly what to do with them. Everything begins from this.....
Did we mention that Miriam’s mother was a mermaid? No wonder Tefnut loves this family.....
The books in the Fairy Gifts series are humorous middle grade fantasies, best for ages 8-10.
The last sleepover of the summer for BFFs Bea and Chum was also the weekend that Bea’s last baby tooth finally came out. Maybe because it was the last one. Maybe that’s why the Tooth Fairy never came. Follow Bea and Chum as they search for the tooth fairy and for a way to get back home. Hint, it’s not ruby slippers.
What happens when a group of obligate carnivores decide to live in a place where no one is allowed to eat anyone? The place is Ailuria, and what happens is that Tefnut, the less than willing DFOA (Dominant Female Over All) gets stuck with the job of keeping the rest of the cats from killing each other.
Pisu’s Revenge is a middle grade fantasy, best for ages 8 to 12.
Anyone who can eliminate their enemies by eating them is a formidable foe. Anyone would be the Hazmats, insaniac shapeshifters whose mindless greed is threatening the continued existence of the Abyssmal Cities. Is Miriam Mermelstein doomed to follow in their footsteps? Invasion of the Hazmats is a humorous middle-grade fantasy about getting along with difficult people. Best for ages 8-10.
Serial kidnapping was not part of the itinerary for Miriam Mermelstein’s first underwater trip. She will need to be really creative about how she uses her magic gifts if she is going to escape. Out of Place is a humorous middle grade fantasy about choices. Miriam’s most important life choice may have been co-opted by her cat, but there is still plenty of room for her to mess up. Ages 8 to 10.
Every kid wishes for magic, but not Miriam Mermelstein. She wished for something real, but what turned out to be real, was not what she expected. Magic Sucks is a humorous middle-grade fantasy about miscommunication between young people and adults. Not all of the adults in this story are human. Best for ages 8 to 10.