Books, Publications, Awards, Etc.


Mabel Gets the Ax (Mountain Brook Ink 2021)


Dead Letters (Herald Press 1996), ages 10-14

Death by Babysitting (Herald Press 1994), ages 10-14

Secret of the Old Graveyard (Herald Press 1993), ages 10-14


“The Courage to Sing,” (pseudonym) Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Yes! (2018)

“Perfectly Imperfect,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Joy of Christmas (2016)

“An American Hometown,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Spirit of America (2016)

“Helping More Animals by Having Less,” and “Eating Lentils,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Joy of Less (2016)

“One-Eyed Lily,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad Dog (2016)

“What Grammy Knew,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams & Premonitions (2015, with Maria Wright)

“Somos Una Familia,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Parenthood (2013)

“Insomnia,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Power of the Positive (2012) (“Insomnia” was also reprinted in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think, Act & Be Happy (2018), produced by Amy Newmark and Dr. Mike Dow “To Train Your Brain to Be Your Own Therapist.”)

“Where I Belong,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Just for Preteens (2011) (pseudonym); this story was also selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Be the Best You Can Be (2015) (published in conjunction with the Boniuk Foundation for use in goals and values education)

“And There Was Music in the Air” and “The Blessing of My Infertility,” Hurray God! (Wine Press 2011)

“No Excuses,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Shaping the New You (2010)

“Dog of the Month,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, What I Learned from the Dog (“Best Anthology of 2010,” Dog Writers Association of America)

“Roommate Wars,” and “What Doesn’t Kill You,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Campus Chronicles (2009)

“Don’t Give Up Before You Start” (with Maria Wright) and “Let It Shine” (pseudonym), Chicken Soup for the Soul, Getting In…to College (2009); (“Don’t Give Up Before You Start” also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Loving Our Dogs (2009), and nationally in the King Features-syndicated Chicken Soup for the Soul newspaper column).

“Dealing with the Truth,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Teens Talk High School (2008) (pseudonym) (also selected to appear as featured story:

“Bellybutton Betrayal,” Chicken Soup for the Soul, Teens Talk Middle School (2008) (pseudonym)

“Trying to Handle It,” Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul (2005) pseudonym)

“But He Never Lifts a Finger!” For Better, For Worse (Christian Publications 2003)

“How to Make a Sweet Friend Feel Like $100,000 for Less than 50 Cents,” More God’s Abundance (Starburst 1999)

“Simple Variations on a Theme,” “A Simple Walk Calms the Spirit,” God’s Abundance for Women (Starburst 1999)

“Appointment in Honduras,” God’s Unexpected Blessings (Starburst 1998)

“Why Fret Child Care?” Don’t Fret that God Stuff (Starburst 1998)

“Pen Pal,” Pruning Life,” The Primroses,” “True Beauty,” God’s Abundance (1997)


Contributing Writer

God Just Showed Up (Moody Press 2001)


Newspaper Features, News, Real Estate and Travel

Numerous articles for The Pittsburgh Press (travel: “Visit the Arctic Frontier”), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (personal essays), The Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA) (features), The Almanac (weekly, South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA) (features, real estate, spot news)



Numerous personal experience articles in denominational publications including Purpose, Lutheran Digest, Vista, and many more.

“Hogging All the Fame,” Faith’n’Stuff (Guidepost children’s magazine and website, later renamed Guideposts for Kids)

“Quality Time,” Horse Illustrated (1991)


Daily Devotionals

A Secret Place—many devotions, Winter 1996-1997 through Winter 2001-2002 issues. Featured Advent writer, Winter 2001-2002: “He Comes to Bring Us Peace,” “He Comes to Give Us Abundant Life,” “Christ Comes to Set Us Free,” “Christ Comes to Make Us Holy,” “Christ Comes to Bring Us Truth,” “Christ Comes to Bring Us Light”



Writer of the Year, Blue Ridge Writers Conference, 1992

Golden Quill Award (The Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone State Chapter) 2001, Non-Daily Spot News (shared, as one of The Almanac staff writers for coverage of 9-11 terrorist attacks)

Best Anthology of 2010 (Dog Writers Association of America for Chicken Soup for the Soul WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE DOG, included author)



Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, “published and listed” (Western PA Chapter charter member and served on Advisory Board)

Mystery Writers of America, active (served on Edgars Award Committee for Best Children’s Mystery 1998; also served as Edgar presenter)

Sisters in Crime, author member


Teacher & Speaker

Many speaking engagements and school and conference workshops

Creative writing instructor, Community College of Allegheny County (former)

Instructor, Institute for Children’s Literature (former)