Welcome!

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. See below for info about my first novel. My second novel, Island Times Three, is scheduled to be released by the end of summer 2020.

What’s Next?

Fabulous Question!

My first novel, a chapter book entitled Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery, is in the formatting process and should be published by summer 2020. See the tab under “Books” to listen to an excerpt from Chapter 6. Click “Download” for your copy of an Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery word search puzzle!

My Blog

  • Lisa Morningstar and…
    How to Deal made it to the short story finals in the 2017 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. Because of its length, I will be posting it in “parts.” LISA MORNINGSTAR angrily pushed the power button onContinue reading “Lisa Morningstar and…”
  • A Garden Update
    “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero © kathleenjae.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of these images or material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. 
  • The Intangible Foe
         They met on a Friday night in August. Katie had been hesitant to take part in this particular social group because history had proven to her that such gatherings consisted mostly of cliques—small clusters of young adults who hadContinue reading “The Intangible Foe”

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