July 2017: Publisher Creativia purchases publishing rights to Artania and its sequels, Kidnapped Smile and Dragonless Sky. Watch for more exciting news to come!



June 2017: Podcast Interview by Cathy Kitchco for Writers Among Us.

January 2016:  Forest Secrets hits number one on Amazon.


November 2015: Podcast interview by Joseph Williams III for My K-12 Career.

October 2015: Middle-grade novel Forest Secrets published.


When 11-year old Daisy befriends a lost forest creature she sets off on an adventure to save all tree people from destruction.

September 2015: Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s “Writers of the Future” contest.


January 2015: Radio interview by Tom Wilmer for NPR’s Journeys of Discovery

2014: Altrusa Grant Recipient to create anti-bullying videos.


January 9, 2013: Awarded a  Curriculum Project Grant from Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, William J. Cirone, for a student mediation program titled, “Dolphin Detours.” Kids stop bullies, mediate arguments, and teach peace on campus.





December 2012: Amazon Reviews of ghost written book Dean and JoJo score an average 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Janine Klieber of Berlin says,  “It is really wonderful written and I very much hope that there will be more adventures of Dean and JoJo.”


Summer 2012: Published the middle grade book Artania: The Pharaohs’ Cry available on Amazon.

Spring 2012: The ghostwritten, Dean and JoJo, published in Germany. This book is the true story of one man’s lifelong friendship and advocacy for a wild dolphin named JoJo.

2012: Impact II Instructional Strategy Team Coach Grant recipient for leadership as a peace consultant.

December 19, 2011: Hosted webinar for Teachers Without Borders titled Alternatives to Bullying and Intolerance.

Fall 2011: Panelist for San Luis Obispo Nightwriter’s critique session helping authors of children’s fiction, fantasy novels, and other genres to hone their work.

Spring 2011: Ms. Woodward’s peace curriculum with anti-bullying lessons added to the Dean and JoJo Resolutions DVD.

2011: Santa Barbara County Education Office Care and Share Grant recipient for an anti-bullying campaign.

Spring 2010: Featured article in Santa Maria Sun titled “Respect” about Laurie’s peace program.

2010: Published poetry in A Hudson View Poetry Digest.

2006: Published poetry in the book Tales from the Corner.