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Four Hundred Years of Silence

(I write a lot about courageous teenage girls. Since it’s Christmas, come along as we talk about a real girl who faced down some pretty amazing real problems!) Four hundred years is a long time. Four hundred years ago, the Mayflower arrived with the pilgrims in...

The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land

I am a writer of fantasy. If you ask any fantasy writer to list the authors who have most influenced them, the names C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien will be at the top of most of those lists. I am no exception. I was well past childhood when I was introduced to Lewis...

He Didn’t Know He Was a Wizard…

It’s been more than twenty years since the skinny kid with the round glasses, brilliant green eyes, and the odd, lightning-shaped scar burst onto the literary scene–and into the Muggle world–and it would be hard to find anyone anywhere who...

The Next Step

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The difficulty with writing a book–one of the many difficulties–is that once you begin one, you must keep going. And eventually, you need to draw it altogether so you can confidently type The End…at the end. I’ve been at...

Welcome to my Website!

When I was young—probably younger than you are now—I discovered books. And what a discovery it was! I rode The Black Stallion with Alec Ramsay, I hoped Buck would survive those terrible Alaskan winters in The Call of the Wild, and I cried real tears...