I am a former educator and have taught Language Art classes in both elementary and junior high environments. As a published author, my work has appeared in both adult and children’s magazines. I am a graduate of North Texas State University and Texas Wesleyan University (ME). After being instrumental in writing a Leadership Training manual for the Boy Scouts of America, I assisted in writing a syllabus for Social Studies in the Fort Worth Public-School System. The Fort Worth National Bank awarded me a fellowship to continue my studies in creative writing. I am a member of Authors Guild and have served as a SCBWI Chapter Advisor. My work has appeared in several children’s magazines and in church school stories for the Methodist Publishing House, Child Life, and in True West Magazine.
My first novel, Kid Clay (Argus Publishing, 2017) Kid Clay – A Cowboy’s Life on the Range, is an award-winning historical western adventure for middle graders based on my grandfather’s (Henry Carleton Clay) memoirs in which he describes his experiences as a teen cowboy during the time of the National Cattle Trail from 1880 to 1887.
My latest, Silent Journey, is an inspirational, uplifting drama about a deaf fourteen-year-old boy and his dog. The boy dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own. To be published by Red Chair Press, it is scheduled for release in 2020.
Awards and Recognition
- 2018 Texas Authors First Place Young Adult Historical Fiction, 2018 OHCWC Maxwell Award First Place Children's/YA, 2019 Book Excellence Award