By Author

Here’s a list of all Crickhollow Books & Crispin Books authors (in alphabetical order). Book links go to the Title Information Page for each book, where you’ll find more details, reviews, links to order, etc.

Winnie Anderson holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She has had stories published in various children’s magazines. She lives in Evergreen, Colorado, not far from Denver. Phoebe’s Heron is her debut novel. Her website is

Phoebe’s Heron
$16.95 paperback • $3.99 eBook (for Kindle)
Phoebe’s Heron is the story of 12-year-old Phoebe Greer, set in Colorado in 1900. Phoebe, her family, and Nurse Daisy arrive at their new cliff-top cabin in the foothills of the Rockies, with hopes that the fresh air will heal Phoebe’s mother’s tuberculosis. Young Phoebe soon meets Jed, a local plume hunter (a market hunter of birds for their feathers). Book is of special interest to Audubon Society members, birders, and all interested in the early conservation movement at the beginning of the 1900s. .

Raymond Bial is the acclaimed author of more than 100 books for children and adults. His previous ghost stories include The Fresh Grave and The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek. He lives in Urbana, Illinois. For a website featuring his supernatural and mystery books for kids, visit

The Dress-Up Mirror
$13.95 paperback • $2.99 eBook (for Kindle)
Humorous time-travel adventure mystery novel, set in the Midwest, for ages 8–12 and up, featuring the Tucker sisters and friends.

Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories
$13.95 Softcover • $2.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
Humorous ghost stories for ages 8–12 and up, more short stories featuring Hank and Cliffie.

The Fresh Grave & Other Ghostly Stories
$2.99 eBook (for Kindle)
Humorous ghost stories for ages 8–12 and up, short stories featuring teenage ghost-magnets Hank and Cliffie.

Shadow Island: A Spooky Tale of Lake Superior
$2.99 eBook (for Kindle)
Humorous ghost stories for ages 8–12 and up, featuring the Tucker sisters and friends.

Sandy Brehl is a teacher, writer, blogger, and active member of SCBWI. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. Her author website: Contact her directly for speaking engagements, school programs, etc.

Odin’s Promise
$13.95 Softcover
A middle-grade historical novel, set in occupied Norway in World War II, a story of a courageous girl and her Norwegian elkhound.

Cathleen Burnham is a journalist and photographer, and has been a wildlife rehabilitator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She has traveled across the globe from Thailand to the Amazon to bring back the stories of the people of remote cultures around the world.. She lives in Pittsford, New York, near Rochester. Her series website:

Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon
$18.95 Hardcover
An inspiring photodocumentary story for young readers of a 10-year-old girl named Doyli who rescues orphaned wild monkeys in the Peruvian rainforest, then cares for them until they can be released back into the wild.

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
$18.95 Hardcover
A photo-documentary book about a group of youngsters in Costa Rica who patrol the beaches of Parismina Island to protect endangered mother sea turtles and their eggs from poachers and animal predators.

Tony & His Elephants: Best Friends Forever
$18.95 Hardcover
A photo-documentary book with a dramatic real-life story, set in the hills of northern Thailand, about a young boy who cares for two young elephants at a small family-run  sanctuary.

Paula Cappa is a published short-story author, novelist, and freelance copy editor. Her short fiction has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Her debut novel Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural was first published as an eBook in October 2012. The Dazzling Darkness, her second novel, released as an eBook in 2013, won the Gothic Readers Book Club Choice Award for outstanding fiction. Her two novels have now been published by Crispin Books in trade softcover, and have been highly praised for their literary quality – an atmospheric, image-rich approach reminiscent of the masters of quiet horror/dark fantasy, from Edgar Allan Poe up to today’s dark-fantasy stylists. Paula writes a weekly fiction blog about classic short stories, Reading Fiction,Tales of Terror. She lives in Pound Ridge, New York.

The Dazzling Darkness
$16.95 Softcover
Dark-fantasy/horror novel, for adult readers.
“Fast-paced, sensually-vivid novel with an uncommon take on Transcendentalism.” – Amy Belding Brown, Mr. Emerson’s Wife

Night Sea Journey: A Tale of the Supernatural
$16.99 Softcover
Dark-fantasy/horror novel, for adult readers.
“An enchanting tale, weaving together ancient Biblical supernaturalism and dream theory, told in dreamy colorful language, with deft characterizations. Highly recommended.” – Monster Librarian

Emily Demuth is a freelance writer who lives in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She has written devotionals, curricula, and global education resources for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Hilda Demuth is a high school English teacher who lives near Valparaiso, Indiana. She also plays in a contra dance band called the Hoosier Recruits.

Hattie’s War
$13.95 Softcover
A middle-grade historical novel, set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the Civil War.

Plank Road Summer
$13.95 Softcover
A middle-grade historical novel, set in rural Wisconsin, with an Underground Railroad subplot.

Plank Road Winter
$13.95 Softcover
A middle-grade historical novel set in rural Wisconsin in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire and the Civil War.

Nick Hayes is a market researcher and partner at the consulting firm FiveTwelve Group, and is active in the Milwaukee sailing scene. Nick has studied sailing, sailors, and sailing clubs for years, and interviewed over 1,200 sailors worldwide since 2003 for his book, Saving Sailing. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Saving Sailing
$22.00 Softcover • $12.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
A compelling case for choosing to spend free time better through lifelong pastimes like sailing.

Marion Moore Hill is an author of contemporary and historical mystery novels, including three in her Scrappy Librarian Mystery series, scheduled for release by Crispin Books in summer 2014. She lives in Durant, Oklahoma. For book signings and speaking engagements:

Cook the Books
$16.95 Softcover • $3.99 eBook (Kindle)
A cozy mystery novel featuring Juanita Wills, public librarian in the small town of Wyndham, Oklahoma. involving the world of adult literacy instruction, as Ms. Wills tries to solve a case of murder by poison, in the third in the Scrappy Librarian mystery series.

Mary-Lane Kamberg is director of a summer writing camp in Kansas for young writers. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and has authored 11 books, including Bono: Fighting World Hunger and Poverty and The “I Don’t Know How To Cook” Book. She has also published hundreds of articles, short stories, and poems. She lives in Olathe, Kansas, near Kansas City.

The I Love To Write Book: Ideas & Tips for Young Writers
$16.95 Softcover
A get-started guide for young writers, with tips, techniques, and templates for writing success and satisfaction.

Stephanie Lowden is a teacher and the author of several previous children’s books, including Time of the Eagle, a middle-grade chapter book about two Ojibwe children on a winter trek. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jingo Fever
$13.95 Softcover • $6.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
A middle-grade historical novel set in 1918 during World War I in a small Midwestern town in northern Wisconsin, about prejudice against German-Americans during wartime.

Time of the Eagle
$4.99 Kindle eBook
A middle-grade historical novel set in the fur-trade era of the 1700s near Lake Superior, about a winter survival trek by two young Native American (Ojibwe) siblings.

Philip Martin is a folklorist, award-winning author, and book editor who has worked with award-winning children’s and adult fiction. He has produced audio, photo-documentary, and written studies of cultural heritage, as well as instructional guides for writers, and is series editor of an occasional anthology on craft and career for writers, The New Writer’s Handbook. He directs Great Lakes Literary, a consulting firm that helps authors and small organizations get their best work published. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more, visit

A Guide to Fantasy Literature: Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment
$16.95 Softcover • $6.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
A look at fantasy literature and why it is so popular today.

How To Write Your Best Story: Advice for Writers on Spinning an Enchanting Tale
$14.95 Softcover • $2.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
Now in a new 2nd edition, with 40 additional pages, this guide offers time-tested storytelling techniques for writers, to help emerging writers improve their fiction (and narrative nonfiction) and get published.

The Purpose of Fantasy
$16.95 Softcover • $3.99 Kindle eBook)
A look at core spiritual values of a dozen beloved fantasy books, with an introduction about fantasy literature in general.

Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the Antioch Review and Bellevue Literary Review. Her short-story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan. For more on her books or speaking engagements, visit

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure: One Woman’s Epic Journey
Exploring the Diverse Islands of the Five Great Lakes

$16.95 Softcover
This 2015 book, the third book in her Great Lakes Adventure trilogy, Loreen Niewenhuis explores the islands of the Great Lakes Basin on foot and by bike or kayak.

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk: One Woman’s Trek Along the Shorelines of All Five Great Lakes
$16.95 Softcover
This 2013 book traces a new epic walk by this writer, connecting the stories of all five Great Lakes.

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
$16.95 Softcover • $6.99 eBook (Kindle, Kobo, Nook)
Traces one woman’s 1,000-mile walk around Lake Michigan in 2009.

The late Laurie Risch was a Wisconsin writer, editor, and teacher; she co-authored Grant Writing Made Simple with Sally Stanton.

Grant Writing Made Simple
$16 Softcover
A quick survival guide for the new grant writer.

Sylvia Dickey Smith was born in Orange, Texas, and lived there through her high school years. She now lives near Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. She is also the author of a popular mystery series featuring Sidra Smart, private eye, set in the borderlands where Texas and Louisiana meet.

A War of Her Own
$16.95 Softcover • $6.99 eBook (for Kindle or Nook)
A tale of wartime passions in 1943 on the World War II homefront in Orange, Texas.

Sally Stanton teaches grant writing and professional communication at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Mount Mary College, and Carroll University. She is also a freelance consultant, and directs Write Now! Consulting, a firm offering research, writing, and editing services for nonprofits. She lives in Milwaukee.

Grant Writing Made Simple
$16 Softcover
A quick survival guide for the new grant writer.