Although I’ve been writing fiction for grown-ups for a long time, my books for young readers were the first to be published.
Here are links to the websites of two of my favorites, The Flown Sky and Finn.
The Flown Sky, published in a private edition in 2007, is a book that’s close to my heart. What began as a series of bedtime stories for my daughter eventually grew into a fantasy novel in the mode of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, but without the heavy religious overtones. A few special copies of this book are still available. E-mail me if you’re interested in a dedicated copy for a precocious young reader in your life.
Finn: a novel was considered a fairly harrowing read for young adults when it was published in 2001. I conceived it as a modern telling of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but set between the suburbs and inner city, with girls as protagonists, rather than boys. Of course, Mark Twain was a giant, and my little novel is a modest variation on his masterpiece, but I’m still proud of the book, and of its fearsome and resourceful protagonist, Chloe Wilder.