Bluebonnet-nominated book!

A horse that could read, write, calculate math? Ridiculous! That's what people thought until William "Doc" Key and his "educated" horse Beautiful Jim Key proved the power of kindness and changed the way people treated animals and each other.

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Releasing April 1, 2018

In 1842, when Abraham Lincoln was a young Springfield lawyer, he engaged in political mudslinging that crossed the line and landed him in a duel. What he later referred to as the “meanest thing” he had ever done, taught him to be a better man—one who could one day become president.

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Welcome, friend! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by to learn more about me, my books, my teachings, and my editing and critiquing services. You’ll find that I adore lots of different kinds of stories, both as a reader and a writer, but I’m especially smitten with nonfiction and historical fiction. Sometimes, real life and real people from the past are more fascinating than any character I could ever invent. And, bonus, the subjects I’m drawn to have usually overcome great odds to do something extraordinary. I love how inspiring that is!

Go ahead and peruse my books and the various pages on this site. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy reading!

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Funding an Author Visit—There’s Money Available!

Wednesday March 20, 2019

I LOVE speaking at schools and leading writing workshops. By now, I’ve visited enough campuses to see a wide disparity in demographics. I’ve been to inner city elementary schools with metal detectors and bars on the windows, and I’ve been to schools with sparkling courtyard gardens and laptops for every child. Whether a school is [Read More]