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Keeping it Real

There’s more to writing books for kids than making characters come to life, crafting unique plots, and weaving suspense and humor throughout. You also have to keep up with the times—what’s cool nowadays? What do nine year olds think about? Are you using phrases or similes that relate to them? This concept became obvious to me […]

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Plot like a Snowshoe Expert

       The problem with snowshoeing is that you can’t expect your feet to do their normal thing. The whole “one foot ahead of the other” concept is not applicable when you have 3-foot long tennis rackets strapped to your boots (at least that is what it feels like).    Instead, you have to […]

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An International Affair

Last spring I was interviewed by Paul O’Connor of World Media Rights from the UK. He was in Kanab, Utah doing a episode of “Myth Hunters” about Freddie Crystal and the legend of Montezuma’s cursed gold.   I’m somewhat of a treasure-hunting hobbyist. I don’t go hunting for the gold (though I do love hiking), but I love […]

My Thoe Quest

 Meagan Fox and her “Thoe” just like mine. Sitting on my mother’s green polyester couch one evening when company was over, I couldn’t stop staring at my thumbs. They were different—not only from other people’s, but from each other as well. My right hand sported a long, sleek digit that had the grace of […]