Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery is now available at Amazon.com!
When I first began writing the book, I knew the protagonist would be a chipmunk (hence the illustration on the cover and inside the book). These tiny creatures are not found in southwest Florida, so this fact lent itself to writing not only about the ecological aspects of Florida marshes but the ensuing problems that such a creature might encounter merely by being transplanted to a salt marsh. The marsh’s inhabitants, especially the round-tailed muskrats, must choose to either accept the newcomer or shun her presence.
Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery explores the consequences of bullying, the outright disdain for diversity and the sometimes irreversible devastation some humans have inflicted on ecologically sensitive habitats. And despite the colony’s disdain for the newcomer, one lone young chipmunk does her best to convince the colony of muskrats that their home is in peril.
These subjects and more are explored with the help of not only chipmunks and muskrats, but also with roseate spoonbills, mullets, white-tailed deer, squirrels, frogs, yellow-crowned night herons, a cormorant, terrapins, blue jays, marsh rabbits, great blue heron, crows, hawks and great horned owls.
Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery explores the consequences of bullying, the outright disdain for diversity and the sometimes irreversible devastation some humans have inflicted on ecologically sensitive habitats.
And in other news:
I have been writing for many years, and I’m thrilled to have published my first book.
From Prompting to Shaping to Letting Go: My Love Affair With ABA and How Being a “Bad Mom” Helped My Daughter With Autism Succeed is a labor of love, and I am so happy that others will know about the journey my daughter and I took so many years ago. The road was not an easy one, and although we encountered many obstacles along the way, I knew that giving up was not an option. I am very proud of her, and she continues to amaze me. If you would like to order a copy, click on the book.
In past lives I have been a proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter and columnist, newsletter writer for a wildlife organization and writer of one-act plays. I consider my six-year stint as a home-based behavioral program director in the ‘90s my most difficult, albeit important, job and am counting the days until all autism-related ABA therapy positions go the way of the dodo. Two of my short stories made it to the finals of the 2017 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. My second novel, Island Times Three, is scheduled to be released August 2021.