Books and Articles

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, I write fiction and non-fiction for children and adults.

Email or call at 412.837.9499


Books – Non-Fiction

  • Medical Mishaps! Fantastic Failures Series, Capstone, January 2020.
  • Gadget Disasters! Fantastic Failures Series, Capstone, January 2020.
  • “Chapter 6: Civil War and Reconstruction,” Young Citizens,, 2020.
  • So You Want to Be President? Being In Government Series. Capstone, September 2019.





Books – Fiction

  • What Could it Be? KPS – Storybook Development, ages 4-6, 2018.
  • Mind Game. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Guided Reading Collection, 2018.
  • Dangerous Crossing. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Guided Reading Collection, 2018.
  • Rainbow Plate. KPS – Storybook Development, ages 4-6, 2018.
  • Spark and Blade. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Guided Reading Collection, 2017.
  • Sea School. KPS – Storybook Development, ages 4-6, 2017.





Magazines – Fiction

  • “Root Camp” Roar Kids Magazine, Publication Date TBD.
  • “The Best Web” Clubhouse, Jr., August 2019.
  • Down Came the RainSmartypants Kids, May 2019.
  • “Treasure in the Woods” Clubhouse, Jr., May 2019.
  • “The Challenge Game” Highlights for Children, Publication TBD.
  • Lunch Notes” Highlights for Children, Publication TBD.
  • “The Pepper Caper” Highlights for Children, September 2017.



Magazines – Non-Fiction

  • “Count Me In: Participate in Important Scientific Research Just By Counting Birds” Muse, October 2019.
  • “Barmbrack Bread” Cricket, October 2019.
  • “If You Could See…” Roar Kids Magazine, September 2019.
  • “Make a Questing Rock” Highlights for Children, July 2019.
  • “Snowball Cookies” Highlights for Children, Publication date TBD
  • “Paint Popper Art” Highlights for Children, August 2019.
  • Name That Text Structure Project, various topics. Publication date TBD.
  • “Your Life as Art” Muse, November 2018
  • “Flawed Genius: The Mistakes and Masterpieces of Steve Jobs” Muse, June/July 2018
  • “Calling the Bluff” Muse, November-December 2017
  • “Five Ways to Learn about New Cultures” Highlights for Children, March 2017
  • “Make a Super Spinner” Highlights for Children, January 2017
  • “Five Ways to Break a Bad Habit, Five Ways to Say Thank You” Highlights for Children, 2016
  • “A Day with a Rosario” Faces, May 2015
  • “What to Do With Poo” Odyssey, November 2014
  • “From the Bottom Up” AppleSeeds, September 2014
  • “You Can Be A Cartoonist” AppleSeeds, February 2014
  • “Great Ideas = Great Business” Appleseeds, April 2013


kids writing creativity
Odyssey magazine

General Fiction

  • “Cernunnos and Me” Brain, Child, February 2017
  • “Sargassum” Women on Writing, Spring Flash Fiction Contest, Honorable Mention 2016
  • “Protagonist” NewMyths Ezine Issue 29, Dec 2014
  • “Jane A.I.R.E.” Leading Edge Literary Magazine, January 2014

Visit the bookstore to get your copy or book a workshop for your classroom.


General Non-Fiction

Add More Fun to Your School Fun Run” PTO Today, January 2017

Kidsburgh hero Jamie Upshaw brings autism support to African-American communities” Kidsburgh, Nov 2016

Everything About Shakeology is an Insult and Wrong” Sept, 2016

Your go-to guide to autism services in Pittsburgh” Kidsburgh, July 2016.

What These 12 Sayings Actually Mean For Sleep-Deprived Parents”, June 2016.

Why Kegels Haven’t Stopped You From Constantly Peeing Yourself”, April 2016.

Help Kids Stress Less” School Family, November 2015

Pittsburgh’s female sports stars score big with local youth initiatives” PopCity, July 2015

Writing the future: How Pittsburgh authors nurture the local creative community” PopCity, July 2015

Local school children beta test real-time map of human health” PopCity, March 2015

Help for Your Fun Run” PTO Today, February 2015

“A Place for Dads” (2014) and January 2015

Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in (2014)

Make Your Open House a Hit! (2014)

Procrastination into ProductivityChildren’s Writer Institute, April 2014

Craft an Activity CubeFamilyFun Magazine, June/July 2014

Secretly Teach Your Kids Career- and School-Building Skills Kidsburgh Jan 31 2013

Success Story: Steering Clear of Grumpiness” Family Fun Magazine (April 2012), reprinted in Parents online June 2012.

Learn Sign Language While You WaitOur Favorite Things, Family Fun (July 2012)  

Up Front: Historic Signs – Ghosts of TarentumWestern Pennsylvania Historical Magazine (Fall 2012)

Star Athletes in College and Pros”, “Greatest Lessons in Sports Timeline“, and  “A Race for Change” On the Ball Sports Magazine, Winter 2012

UPMC Young Athlete Program Seeks to Alleviate Little League InjuriesWestern PA Hospital News

Don’t be Too Late: Time of the Essence for Children with Developmental DelaysWestern PA Hospital News



Writing and Editing 

Copywriting & Editing (blogs, social media, print)

I also offer professional writing and editing for businesses and non-profits.

Mentoring women business owners in Pittsburgh” Pop City Media, May 15, 2013

Whatever Happened to the Power of 32” Pop City Media Feb 13, 2013

Mini-golf! Geocaching! Animal parks! Swimming! Try them all in winter” – Kidsburgh Jan 2012

The Best of Pittsburgh Summer Camps” Kidsburgh, April 2012

Pittsburgh Fun Out of the Sun” Kidsburgh, July 2012

Paint, parrots, ice, clay — and helping out — are best bets for fall and winter fun” Kidsburgh November 2012

“Swin Cash Talks a Good Game on Life”

Pop Star: Mark Hayward” Pop City Media, November 28, 2012

Meet the Athena Young Professionals Finalists” Pop City Media, Oct 10, 2012

Meet the Athena Awards Finalists” Pop City Media, Sept 19, 2012

Ladies United for the Preservation of Cocktails: drink up and drink in!” Pop City Media, Sept 12, 2012

Bright Athletes and the Parents Who Help Them Shine” OTBS Magazine

Winning More Than the Game” OTBS Magazine

“Runners, Take Your Marks” kidSports Magazine (March 2012)

“Seeing Through the Smoke Screen” Guide to Good Health

Breakthroughs in Cancer Research Lead to Decline in Death Rates – Western PA Hospital News

Underground Archives Offers Solutions for Physician Practices that need Patient Records Management – Western PA Hospital News

Pittsburgh Biotech Innovator Seeks to Advance Hyperthermic Cancer Treatment – Western Pennsylvania Hospital News