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I write middle-grade and chapter books for boys and girls ages 8-12 that explore themes of courage, family, friendship, imagination, and responsibility. My stories also feature elements of mystery, suspense, history, and magic. I have created, developed, written, and published three children's books. My titles include BERNARD JONES IS GOING PLACES, ELITE SQUAD, and THE HOOP KID FROM ELMDALE PARK.
My influences come from a broad range of classic and contemporary stories that entertain and inspire like HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, LIZARD MUSIC, HARRY POTTER, EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS, OLIVER TWIST, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, SHERLOCK HOLMES, OH, THE PLACES YOU WILL GO!, THE SWORD IN THE STONE, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, and others.
I've just completed my latest middle-grade chapter book manuscript, BRONSON BEAVER BUILDS A ROBOT. It's a fun, tightly woven story about friendship and family, featuring smart, tech-savvy, and inventive anthropomorphic animal characters, a charming woodland setting, and short action-filled chapters. Bronson's creative imagination and desire for independence and freedom to invent and play are designed to draw kids into his world through a relatable perspective. Parents will appreciate the subtle moral lesson: Playing is fine, but only after you've finished your work. I hope to develop these characters into a series. I'm currently seeking representation for this project. Other exciting new projects I'm working on include books two and three for BERNARD JONES and HOOP KID, respectively.
I'm also a seasoned graphic designer with over 20 years of marketing and branding design experience. Before following my passion for writing children’s books, I designed licensed apparel, logo identities, and digital marketing graphics for well-known sports brands and events like Nike, ESPN, and X Games. When I'm not writing or designing, I enjoy being outdoors with nature, hiking local trails, listening to music, book shopping, and watching basketball and Netflix.