Samples of Published Work
(YA and Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels, Education)

Thomas Creeper and the Gloomsbury Secret (2021)

Winner of the 2019 Kraken Prize for Middle Grade Fiction. Hailed by Booklist as "marvelously macabre," this first book an ongoing series about a 13-year-old mortician's apprentice turned supernatural detective explores everything from cryptography to marine biology. The novel is now featured in over 100 libraries from San Francisco to Saudi Arabia with staff picks at Dallas, San Jose, and Toronto. This past year two schools have acquired the book as part of their English and Creative Writing Teaching Curricula (Newtown Friends School in Newtown, PA; The Community for Learning in Santo Domingo, DR). Children's Book Week 2021 Selection for "Superheroes & Superpowers". Staff featured pick at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.

"A rich and and haunting alternative to Hogwarts, filled with captivating characters and enthralling mysteries."
- Phillip Kennedy Johnson, current writer of Batman, Superman, and Captain America

Download/Read an excerpt HERE.

Read the feature in Booklist

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"Cannonball Lake" Benchmark Assessment short story for Heinemann Publishing

In 2020, I was hired by Heinemann Publishing, the educational imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to write original teen fiction for their revamping of the latest edition of the Fountas & Pinnell reading system.

My story "Cannonball Lake," published in the new edition, focused on a crisis of empathy and what it means to see beyond the surface. When a young boy mistakenly crushes a bully's glasses jumping off the dock at a town swimming hole, he must own up to his mistake even if it means putting himself in harm's way.

Read the story HERE.

 

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"Like Machines" - Finalist - Owl Canyon Press Short Story Competition

Using my experience as a musician and recording artist, I wrote this tale of a brilliant but troubled musician at odds with the "surface skating" world of social media. The story was a finalist for Owl Canyon Press's short story competition and published that year in an anthology.

Read the story HERE.



 

Cowbots, Eddie Poe, Cody Decoder

I have 3 original series currently in development for educational publisher Pioneer Valley Books. Cowbots follows the adventures of robot cowboys on Mars, Eddie Poe tells the story of a young teenage Edgar Alan Poe in Richmond, VA, and Cody Decoder focuses on a plucky middle school detective and her brilliant cat, Query. Here is a sample of a layout of one Cowbots story currently in production (August 2022).

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"Lantern in the Pines"

A recent horror story published by literary journal Grim & Gilded. Small-town secrets come to light in this short chiller about a frightening encounter with an otherworldly creature. 

Read the story HERE

 

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PRESS

Good Morning America Interview

Author Visit and Spotlight "Reigniting the Reading Flame" - Santo Domingo, DR