youth fiction

Make it absurd

A twist story is only halfway there if you guess the twist. I enjoy the surreal, unexpected, humorous and maybe even frighting.

Keep it real

At the same time, even the most absurd story can have elements of real life, but seen from a very different angle. I never write down to kids and I don’t hide from reality … while writing stories that are removed from reality!

 

Sphere of Weird

book series, short stories for advanced middle school readers, seeking representation


 

A young girl from a dysfunctional family discovers a swamp has magically appeared in her backyard and finds empowerment with its creatures. Grandpa’s old- time sayings manifest as ridiculous magical incantations. A boy is led to a dungeon beneath a grocery store to find the ultimate Limited Edition breakfast cereal. These are stories from Sphere of Weird, the first book in a planned series featuring absurdist short stories for advanced middle school readers.

Sphere of Weird is a loosely interconnected collection relishing quirky humor going beyond expected horror twists. In the vein of David Lubar’s Campfire WeeniesSphere of Weird also finds kinship with the the offbeat humor of Louis Sachar’s Wayside School books as well as TV shows Eerie, Indiana and The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

 Ranging from bizarre to heart-breaking, the stories provide balance by moving between heavier yet age-appropriate darker tales to light-hearted ultra-bizarre ones and even palette-cleanser micro-stories.

 

Read a sample story or two from Sphere of Weird

 

 

 

Midge and Marcus Mysteries

book series, humor, middle grade, seeking publication


 

Begun as an attempt to make the ultimate book that kids love and adults hate, I created the mystery-solving duo of Midge and Marcus.

Filled with written “sight” gags, bumbling, tentacled aliens and self-conscious monsters and meta jokes, think of Midge and Marcus as an X-Files for kids with slapstick humor.

With quirky, out-there characters, a strong female lead and a representation of non-traditional families, Midge and Marcus is genre-defying goofiness.  

 Book one features what I believe to be the longest, cringiest play on words ever written in a kid’s book, coming in at a full page and a half. Yup. Page and a half.

 

Jinxed 

A fantasy humor novel for middle school readers, I actually loved this book regardless of the disaster it became. Published in 2002, I was naive and foolishly joined with a quasi-sketchy vanity style publisher. The experience was painful but I learned much, and enough time has elapsed that it’s fine. It’s all fine.

The concept was that our Big Thoughts are grown and nurtured in thought farms in the alternate world of Eurekala, populated by fantastical creatures. In this world of pure thought, each denizen has a role to play in caring for our deepest thoughts. When Rumold Jinx, the Lord of Chaos, decides he no longer wants to work for the outside world, things become dicey. 

Jinxed

2002

The rights to this one reverted to me, so I could revisit this again some day. 

Questions? Write me!

 


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