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Snow giant

Posted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Winter is not over yet, and the cold white stuff is still falling from the sky. Plowing and shoveling only leads to unsightly lumps and piles. What’s a farmer in Gilman, Minnesota to do? What else but build a fifty-foot stunner of a snow person? Let’s hope this fearsome Frosty has come in peace!


Happy New Year!

Posted: January 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

It’s brand new…

It’s never been seen before…

2014 is here!

No need to save the wrapping. Just open it up and have the best year ever!


Hardbacks rock, paperbacks rule!

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Wrap me up in moosebeards and spank me with a pine cone! THE BOY WHO HOWLED escapes into the world in paperback today. Thank you, Bloomsbury Children’s Books!


Celebrity sighting!

Posted: April 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I ran across Tock from THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH while out on a walk today. He was just chillin’ in someone’s front yard. For a legendary celebrity, he’s just a normal guy. Not stuck up at all!


Happy Easter!

Posted: April 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

At Easter I think of bunny ears in all their glory, ending with my favorite kind: the ones atop a delicious coconut bunny cake.

My love for this holiday treat started early. Here I am, your not-so-humble author, proudly showing an Easter bunny cake I helped create. I haven’t made one since. It’s baking time!

Happy Easter, everybody!


Take a bow!

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

THE BOY WHO HOWLED is honored to be included in the 2011/2012 book list for the Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice award. The wolves called Mom, Dad, Uncle Rick, Aunt Trudy, and Grampa, and Callum, Lila, Mr. and Mrs. Throckmorton, Aunt Donaldina, Uncle Luther, and world-famous wildlife wrangler Buzz Optigon all say thanks!


Happy New Year!

Posted: January 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

It’s brand new…

It’s never been seen before…

2012 is here!

No need to save the wrapping. Just open it up and have the best year ever!


I finally meet the big guy

Posted: December 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas, and yet I never had my picture taken with Santa.

As they say, it’s never too late!

This historic photo was taken by JayPG Photography, when Santa showed up at a benefit for Moving Arts, a Los Angeles-based theatre company. Ho, ho, ho!


Tut uncommon

Posted: September 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Sarah from Seattle, WA writes:

Dear T,

I am writing a story about an Ancient Egyptian girl named Tibby. She is the secret daughter of the famous Boy King, Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The Boy King Tut wasn’t really a boy when he died under mysterious circumstances in 1323 BC. He was nineteen years old, which was plenty old for a father in those days.

When her father, King Tut, dies, Tibby goes to live among friends of the former Pharaoh. She grows up as happy and content as a girl can be. However, the day soon comes when she must sacrifice a bull to the God Osiris to ensure the fertile crops, and she cannot bring herself to perform such a bloody deed. She is given a chicken to sacrifice in place of the bull, but she can’t bring herself to do that, either. So the High Priests decide to sacrifice HER to Osiris instead.

Needless to say, Tibby must flee for her life. Luckily, she befriends the handsome son of an Egyptian slave and together they sail down the River Nile to live out the rest of their days in peace and happiness.

I have drawn the cover for my book, which I have entitled Daughter of Tut. Here it is in all its glory.

Book cover for Daughter of Tut, drawn by Sarah

Book cover for Daughter of Tut, drawn by Sarah

P.S. King Tut didn’t really have a daughter named Tibby. I made her up!

T replies:

Your story about Tibby, the secret daughter of King Tut, sounds like a real page-turner, Sarah! And I really like your book cover. I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. It’s thrilling to imagine the excitement archaeologist Howard Carter must have felt in 1922 when he discovered King Tut’s glamorous tomb, with all its golden treasures. Of course, poor Mr. Carter was later struck dead by the Pharaoh’s Curse. Oh, well! I’m sure it was worth it.