Works in Progress

Picture Books:                               Middle Grade:

Boxy Bob                                            Quilt Rider-historical fiction

Misfit Mosquito                               An untitled  narrative nonfiction

Not a Book Girl                            The Rule of Three- realistic fiction



Camp Not Allowed visits Washington, DC!

My publisher, Doodle and Peck will display my book, Camp Not Allowed, at her booth at the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington, D.C., this month.

See below, the Indie Catalog of titles that will be distributed to all attendees. Camp out on page 20 (wink, wink)!


Busy, Busy, Busy…..

-Working hard on a nonfiction narrative book with joint author, Teresa Kemp, to be named later.

-Revising picture book & middle grade manuscripts…always.

-Will be at the Oklahoma Authors Fair in Guthrie, OK for Camp Not Allowed on Sept 14.

–Author Presentation at Lavender Bleu Literacy Market from 11:00-12:00 on Sept. 28






Basics for children’s authors

Taken from SCBWI publishing standards:

  • Board Books (1 or under manuscript pages) for 3 year olds and under
  • Picture Books (2 to 3 manuscript pages) for ages 3 to 8
  • Easy-to-Read (10-20 manuscript pages) for ages 5 to 8
  • Chapter Books (40-60 manuscript pages) for ages 7-9
  • Middle Grade (100-250 manuscript pages) for ages 8-12
  • Young Adult (200-350 manuscript  pages) for ages 12 and up
  • Nonfiction (manuscript pages varies by age group)
  • Poetry for younger readers (15 to 40 manuscript pages) with only one poem per page
  • Poetry for older readers (50 to 150 manuscript pages) with one poem per page.

—-typical genres, manuscript reference


Good News!


My first every published book was released Feb. 15th, 2018! It is a 48 page Chapter Book called Camp Not Allowed for 2nd and 3rd graders. It is a light-hearted, summer fun story about gender equality with a Native American theme. It is available on Amazon. Teachers and Media Specialists get 25% off the retail if they buy directly from the publisher at



Growing as a Writer…..

2018-First published book, Camp Not Allowed by publisher Doodle and Peck for 2nd and 3rd graders or reluctant readers just beginning to read chapter books. It is a light hearted summer fun read about gender equality with a Native American theme.

2013- First place winner, twice, in Midlife Collage’s short essay contest for Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow and for Controlled Chaos.

2005- Second place winner in Unpublished Children’s Fiction category of local Tulsa City County Library’s  Adult Creative Writing Contest for The Grandmother Stories.