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List of Published Works


The Court Wizard, a novel for young adults. Winner of the inaugural 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. Dragon Central Publishing, 2015. Available in print or for Kindle from Amazon, and in print or for Nook from

The Sea at Mughain, a novella for young adults. Dragon Central Publishing, 2014. Available in print or for Kindle from Amazon, in print or for Nook from, or in print             at Hero Complex Games and Entertainment in Wichita, KS.


"Will Swords Rise Up" in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Issue 11, January 2012.

"The Haunted Barn" reprinted in Crow Toes Quarterly, July 2008

"Three-Quarter Moon" (winner of a Letter of Merit in the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators 2007 Magazine Merit Awards)  and "All Hallows" in Crow Toes Quarterly, October 2007

"An Unknown Knight" and "Enchantment" in Renaissance Magazine, Issue 55

"The Haunted Barn" in The Midwest Quarterly

"Shaker" in  Flint Hills Review Issue 10, 2005

"Edison's 10,000th Attempt" in Writers' Journal 

Short Stories

"Jaleth and the Dragons" (a pick of the month) in FICTION on the WEB, March 1, 2016.

"The New Red" in Every Day Fiction, February 17 2015.

"The Angel of the Bastille" in Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance, Pugalicious Press, 2012.

"Concert Black" in Mouseprose, July 2011.

"Conal and the Sea Serpent," in Beyond Centauri, January 2011

"Ghosted"  in Cover of Darkness, May 2010

"Spare Parts" in Beyond Centauri, July 2008

"Hideaway Island" in Beyond Centauri, October 2007

"Lacey Likes the Dentist" in Beyond Centauri, April 2007

Newspaper Articles

Letter to the editor, Arts and Leisure section, The New York Times, December 5, 2008.

Travel section, The Wichita Eagle:
"City of Dreams"
"Laundry's Labour's Almost Lost"
"Penguins and Paddleboats"
"Hard Hats and Bats"
"Quest For a Cable Car"
"RVing With Grandpa"
"Snow Bunny"
"Keep an Eye On the Water"

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