The (sad) tale behind writing Paintball Island

The (sad) tale behind writing Paintball Island

Twelve-year-old Max and his younger sister Marie love having an unspoiled island all to themselves. So when they learn it’s being turned into a paintball park, they’re torn between enjoying their schoolmates’ envy, and worrying about the game...
A former reluctant reader tells how he got turned around

A former reluctant reader tells how he got turned around

[An interview excerpted from my book, Jump-Starting Boys]  I read some as a boy, mostly the Hardy Boys novels. But as I got a wee bit older, I wasn’t interested in reading anymore. I was more into running outside and playing. My sister embraced reading, but I was...
“Boy” vs. “girl” books

“Boy” vs. “girl” books

How ironic that only days after I write a blog about having written only one girl book (Breathless) out of my 17 books, I find a message on Facebook from a guy who says Breathless was his favorite book in high school. So much for trying to label books “boy-friendly”...
The story behind writing Daredevil Club

The story behind writing Daredevil Club

The fear of getting caught was part of the excitement. Kip’s only friends are the members of the Daredevil Club, whose mission is to complete seven dangerous dares before their rivals, the Wildmen, complete their list of dares. Kip had been the leader of the Daredevil...