"With my six children all grown up and gone, I have more time to write than before. In addition to books, I now also do a lot of magazine articles. As always, the biggest bonus of being a writer is not having to get in the car every morning and go off
somewhere to work. I can get up at 5 a.m. (which I frequently do), turn on the computer, and start writing. Or I can spend the afternoon doing other things and write until midnight.
"I share my large rambling country home with my own dog and cats, as well as a varying number of other people's dogs. My dog boarding service is unique and rather exclusive insofar that I only accept four or five animals at a time, and all of them live
and sleep in the house. You can find them napping on the livingroom sofa, playing in the yard, or chewing on a bone by my desk while I am working. The majority of my boarders are local or from neighboring states, but some come from as far as California,
Arizona, and Texas.
"I easily get distracted from my writing by people, but never by animals. Thus the dog boarding meshes perfectly with my occupation as a writer. It also gets me out of the house at regular intervals during the day..."
"Ten-year old Sara is convinced this is going to be her most boring summer ever. Her whole family is working on their new house, which Sara expects not to be finished in her lifetime. All her friends are leaving town. Celia is visiting her dad in
California. Katie is going to Colorado to see her grandparents. Mary K. and her brothers are going to Iowa to visit their father. Even Brad, who is the only boy around who likes to play house, is leaving town. And where is she going? Nowhere! Not only is
she supposed to help with the house, she also has to babysit 3-year old Potty all summer. Sara feels sorry for herself. Whatever happened to justice? She doesn't get to go anywhere because her parents aren't divorced and all her relatives live right here
in town. And because of the house, they are not even going on vacation. If that isn't discrimination, she doesn't know what is. As usual, Sara's vivid imagination is in overdrive. She soon figures that if her parents would split up, her problems would be
solved. Although Sara's attempts at creating discord between her parents at first are successful, they soon have some unexpected results. Reality catches up with her when her friends return from their trips. Celia's dad was so wrapped up in his new
girlfriend and her children that he didn't have any time for her. And Mary K.'s father has a new wife who is expecting a baby and that was all that they ever talked about while she was there. By the time school starts again Sara realizes that the worst
summer ever, instead has turned out to be the best summer ever."
Raising a Mother Isn't Easy (aka Marrying Off Mom), Greenwillow, 1983.
Karen's Sister, Greenwillow, 1983.
Karen and Vicki (aka Karen's New Family), Greenwillow, 1984.
Beethoven's Cat, Atheneum/Macmillan, 1988.
Wiggie Wins the West, Atheneum/Macmillan, 1989.
The Real Thing, Bantam (New York, NY), 1991.
The Dogsitting, 2014
Finding Jessie, 2016
The Most Boring Summer Ever, 2016
The Right Guy, 2017