In my books, I'm trying to tell good stories that have meaning and connect with young people's lives today. My writing for young adults is based on listening to them, which I try to do often. I’ve written and published a total of 12 and one-half books for young readers. (The “one half” is because The Prince of Denial, which came out in 2013, is a major remake, with a completely different ending, of a 2001 novel titled Raising the Shades. Sorry if that’s confusing.)
I’m a full-time, self-employed writer. I live in Weybridge, Vermont, a very small rural town just outside Middlebury in the Lake Champlain Valley. I’m married to Cary Beckwith, a child and family therapist who does wonderful work helping kids heal when they’ve been hurt inside. I have a son, Bradley, who’s in his late 20s, and a stepson Nate who’s in college. About me, the first thing people tend to notice in person is that I'm very tall. I'm six foot ten! When I visit schools, this always causes a stir.
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