Why does everything have to be so complicated?


Monsters! That’s why!

They stick their scungy little noses into everything.

Twelve-year-old Sam learns this lesson the hard way. His fact-finding mission about Monsters starts off with the best of intensions. He just wants to help his older brother, Ben.

After a terrible accident awakens his own Monster, Sam’s behaviour starts causing problems with everyone, including the girl he loves.

He discovers the family secret that caused Ben’s downward spiral and realizes that someone else also has a Monster. And the hideous beast did something really bad.

If Sam is to get through this mess, he needs to find a way to make friends with his Monster before the ravenous beast turns around and swallows him whole.


COMING APRIL 4th, 2023



My father died by suicide when I was thirteen. Because my family never spoke about the issues leading up to and resulting from this devastating event, we suffered a great deal. My goal is to give children and parents a language they can understand, where they feel comfortable talking about subjects and emotions that all too often get buried.

Growing up amidst dysfunction, it is difficult to ascertain one’s sense of normal. What might seem like a realistic topic of discussion to me, might come across as shocking to others. Because I knew my normalcy pendulum had swung well-beyond its equilibrium, part of my journey included input from young readers and parents to make sure I had balanced my thematic material appropriately for my target audience. Here is what they said:

“This book could help save a life.”

“This book was so good, I couldn’t put it down.”

“After every plot twist, I gasped out loud.”

“This book is one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read.”

“This book has so many issues we experience in daily life and you’ve hit the nail on the head with all of them.”

“I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book …It literally made me laugh and cry.”

I am offering this author statement because I want readers to be aware of possible triggering content. While telling this story through the lens of an innocent, wildly imaginative twelve-year-old helps to soften the impact of some of my challenging topics, when dealing with mental health, suicide, and family dysfunction, there is only so much softening one can do before the story begins to feel disingenuous.

Thank you for taking the time to read this statement. If you continue to venture forth, I do hope you enjoy my story. For those of you who feel they (or their child) may not be ready, I fully understand. When it comes to mental health issues, no one should be forced to confront topics or stories until they are ready. My book will be here for when that day comes.


Themes include: mental health, suicide, and family dysfunction.

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