SHERRY AT HOME IN CALIFORNIA

SHERRY IN ALASKA ON ONE OF A DOZEN TREKS TO THE 49TH STATE

SHERRY RIDES INSIDE A SLED DURING THE FAMED 1049 MILE IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE

ADVENTURE: DANCING ON ICE

High School Yearbook, 1967

The "real" Phil in Vietnam, 1960s.

Selected Works

"Told in fast-paced third-person, this survival adventure creates an almost otherworldly experience within a treacherous and bracingly beautiful landscape. . . ." -- Kirkus
Fiction
Adventure-survival novel. "The level of technical detail rivals Gary Paulsen's Hatchet."
--School Library Journal
"A compelling adventure story with a highly realized Alaskan setting . . . A solid, readable, well-researched novel with good plotting and convincing characters..."
Picture Book
"This creative team turns to the concept of months, using each one to explore how Latin American countries mark various festive occasions. Each full-page spread combines vibrant art with a short poem." -- Booklist
Picture Books
"Watercolor and collage illustrations keep the action moving.... the father-son relationship is appealingly depicted."
--School Library Journal


One Summer. Two roommates. Three friends. Will they become each other's next deadly addiction?

From the case files of a hospital Eating Disorder Unit in Los Angeles:

Jack ďBonesĒ Plumb: Age 16, anorexic.
Goal: To retain his svelte self no matter what the hospital tries to force feed him.
Likes: Alice, a sexy but dangerously thin ballerina in the program. Dislikes: One-on-one meetings with the resident shrink-ologist, Dr. Chu.

Alice: Age 17, returning anorexic patient.
Goal: To be hired by a professional ballet company.
Likes: Manipulating the system, road trips, and, just maybe, Bones.
Dislikes: Anyone and anything that keeps her from getting what she wants.




"PURPLE DAZE" IS A STORY ABOUT SIX HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS AND THEIR SOMETIMES HUMOROUS, OFTEN PAINFUL, AND ULTIMATELY DRAMATIC LIVES.

1960s in Vietnam. Note: Bullet hole in the star on the door.

TRUE STORY:

Some readers have a weird idea of what it means to be a writer.
They think Iím locked away in a dingy room with only a computer
to keep me company. It's true. I have calluses on my fingers from
typing more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books on a plastic keypad.
(Okay, so a few titles were tapped out on a typewriter.) But that's only
part of the story.

As part of my research, Iíve ridden on horseback into Africaís Maasailand, hiked through a leech-infested rain forest in Australia, shivered inside a dogsled for the first part of the famed 1,049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, rode-the-foam on a long-board in Hawaii, and spun around dance floors in Havana, Cuba. True!

My adventure novel "DEATH MOUNTAIN" (Peachtree) is based on a true story. While attempting to hike to the highest peak in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney in California, my group was caught on an exposed ridge in a deadly electrical storm. The pack horse and mule were struck by lightning and killed. Three women in my party were airlifted off the mountain by helicopter and flown to a nearby hospital. Thankfully, they were released shortly after a doctor examined them.

For my middle-grade novel "FROZEN STIFF" (Random House), I spent a week kayaking to the largest tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier in Alaska. Like my main character, I battled renegade icebergs and had a close encounter with a bear. Again, true.

When I decided to write and photo-illustrate "DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: THE STORY OF THE JR. IDITAROD" (Mondo), I stayed with a family of mushers in Alaska. Everyday, I followed them with my camera while they trained their dogs. You know that's a true story since "DASHING" is nonfiction.

When Iím not traveling around the world or dodging lightning bolts, I like to dance. Sometimes I even enter contests at dance conventions. Even though Iíve never won one -- at least not yet -- itís fun to wear clothes that sparkle and glue on false eyelashes. True story.

Since I like to hang out with my readers, Iíve been part of the Kern Reading Assn. Young Author Fair, Author-Go-Round in Santa Barbara, StoryFest in Ventura, Eureka Author Festival and others in California. I teach an online writing course through UCLA and hold an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

I also like to meet teachers and librarians. Iíve been a speaker at many professional conferences, such as Colorado Council of International Reading Assn., Texas Library Assn., California Reading Assn., California School Library Assn., California Teachers of English Conference.

Okay, now itís time to plop down in my writing chair....