Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More fan art!

Here is a nice minimalist picture from an Olivia Brophie super-fan. It's so simple and it illustrates one of my favorite scenes in the Pearl of Tagelus. I love writing about Florida for children all over the world and hearing about their favorite scenes.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Florida Children's Author - Fan Mail!

I received another great fan letter today. This time from Lynn.

"I think you just changed the way I see the world!!!! You're the type of book writer I've been looking for. I just LOVE your books."

Thank you Lynn!

She also included this little picture.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Carprofen, or Rimadyl, for canine pain management - WARNING

Our dachshund Spanky was prescribed Rimadyl / carprofen to help control the pain of an ear infection. Of course, we were concerned that our dog was suffering, so we simply trusted the vets and we didn't investigate the potential side-effects. Within a couple days of using Rimadyl, Spanky was unable to walk due to partial paralysis in his hind legs. He had a terrible seizure that lasted a half-hour. He never recovered.

Unfortunately, it didn't occur to us that Rimadyl could have this effect until our 2nd dachshund Pepper received a single dose and lost the ability to walk within 12 hours. That is when we started researching and discovered countless stories from others with similar experiences.  We are devastated. Please be warned. I know some dogs are helped by Rimadyl /carprofen, but the risks are very real and very serious. These are not "upset stomach" or "lethargy" type of side effects. These are paralysis, liver or renal failure, and death side-effects.  Please use a pain management drug with less risky side-effects. If you decide to use Rimadyl, watch your dog very carefully and start with very small doses. It is absolutely horrible to watch your beloved family member suffer because you kept giving them something you thought was going to help them.  Go to to find out more.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Giant moths of Florida!

Here is a polyphemus moth from the Florida scrub. These moths live in a wide variety of habitats throughout North America. Unlike many butterflies and moths who have a specific host plant, the polyphemus moth can live on many trees including oak, willow, maple, and lots of fruit trees.

Polyphemus moth

A common large moth in Florida

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Coral snakes in the Florida scrub

One of the reasons there are coral snakes in the Olivia Brophie books is because there are so many that live in my yard! I've been trying for years to get a photo of one, but they always seem to arrive when I don't have my camera. Plus, they are shy. Our new neighbor was visiting our house yesterday and took this snapshot. What a beauty!  To see more of Brent's photographs and his amazing woodwork, visit his site at

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Central Florida Author School Visits

I love visiting schools and inspiring young readers. In turn, my fans inspire me to keep writing!