Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

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Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

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School Visits

DSC_0966 Upload brochure An author visit is a wonderful way to promote literacy and create excitement for writing and history. Because of the subject matter and the average age of my readers, I typically visit 7th grade and up.

To make a visit the best it can be, I work with teachers/coordinators to fit into your schedule while maximizing time with the teens. Classroom presentations vary from writing workshops, to historical lessons and author related material such as a reading and Q&A.

Books and materials are available at

DSC_0970Sample Presentations 


  • How to write your first novel, including 15 tips on how to write like the pros
  • Beginnings: The components of a first chapter
  • Plot, dialogue, inner and outer journey – creating compelling fiction
  • Dialogue: What are you trying to say?


  • Rocking 60s: Love, Peace and the Vietnam War Movement
  • What you always wanted to know about the Middle Ages and were afraid to ask, including a medieval quiz
  • The Lure of the American Wild West, plus a Wild West quiz


  • How I became an author or what’s it’s like to work in my PJs: What does an author do all day?
  • How a story is born
  • Book discussions and Q&A

I’m always happy to change up my routine, so if you’re interested in a particular subject matter related to writing fiction, you have a different setting in mind or other needs, please contact me.

Free downloadable materials to help you plan my visit

For writing workshops I provide handouts tailored to writing level and class time.