Writing Samples


"Copernica" - Published in Spaceports & Spidersilk, January 2014.  (YA Short Story) When Copernica risks a supply run into dragon territory to get a box of chocolate cake, she accidentally leads her nemesis One Eye the dragon back to the village. She just wanted to make her little brother's birthday special, but will she live to celebrate it? 

"The Black Box" - Published in Stinkwaves Magazine, April 2015 (Middle Grade Short Story) Siblings Makayla and Jayden realize their home is no longer safe when the kitchen is barricaded, the food stash vanishes, and a giant black box appears in the hall.  When Jayden disappears into the box, Makayla risks her own life to find out what happened to him.



More Than a Hole - PB Honorable Mention in the Rate Your Story Contest 2015

"Allergic to Fun" - poem won Vesper Stamper's Cruel Summer Contest (August 2014)

"The Crocodile and the Plover"  - poem won the 2014 Arbordale Publishing Poetry Month Contest

Don't Splash the Mama - won the Summer 2012 Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest at Write Wild!

Mapmaker - won the Spring 2013 Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest at Write Wild!

Contests at Susanna Leonard Hill
"Sulky Spider's Spooky Webs" - 3rd place in the Halloweensie Contest 2014 (100 word poem)
The Princess and the Stinky Cheese - 3rd place in the March Madness Contest 2014
Another Princess to Save5th place in the Summer Send Off Contest 2012 (250 word story)
Jimmy Cantore Steals Christmas - Honorable Mention in the Holiday Contest (350 word short story)
"White Cat's Halloween" - Honorable Mention in the Halloweensie Contest 2013 (100 word poem)
"No Trick or Treat for Jack"  -  Honorable Mention in the Halloweensie Contest 2012 (poem)
The Bully Spell - Halloweensie Contest 2015 (100 word short story)
Spider's Home - Halloweensie Contest 2016 (100 word short story)
A Mom to Share - Holiday (350 word short story)
The Smusher and The Saver - Spring Contest (350 word short story)
Uncle Alfred's Apple Pie - 4th of July Contest (400 word story)

First Page Picture Prompts at Kathy Temean's Writing & Illustrating:
Copernica - Critiqued by Literary Agent Sean McCarthy (Sheldon Fogelman Agency) in July 2012.
The Wheel - Critiqued by Editorial Consultant Sarah Cloots in August 2012.
My Robot Ran Away
He Loves Me Not - Critiqued by Literary Agent Janine Hauber (Sheldon Fogelman Agency) in March 2013

"Mischievous Elf on the Shelf" - a holiday picture prompt at Wordsmith Studio

"Fancy Food Fight" - I can only take credit for the beginning and ending- the middle was written by friends through Marcie Colleen's Write Routine Food Fight Contest. 

*MLA Style*


  1. Again, happy anniversary! I like your gift. What an impressive writing resume you've started. May you have many more successes to come!

    1. I'm a firm believer in celebrating the little things!

  2. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.> life long learner


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