GIDJIE AND THE WOLVES is a middle grade novel, the first in a series that stars Gidjie, an Anishinaabe girl who lives in a multi-layered world near the shore of Lake Superior. Her best friend is an opossum. Her grandmother is an expert baker, traveling animal medic, and part-time bird. Gidjie herself is about to set off on an adventure to discover who she is and what she is capable of.
GIDJIE AND THE WOLVES has found a home with a small Native run and focused press and is about to enter the editing process.
THE MANOOMIN COOKBOOK (title tentative) is my first full-length, non-fiction book project in partnership with MNHS Press. This book will require intensive research, development, and long hours out doors, in the kitchen, and at the keyboard. It is set to be out Fall 2021.
GIRL UNRESERVED is a very intimate coming-of-age narrative told from the perspective of a “mixed-blood” girl from a Chippewa Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota.
The story addresses how the concepts of identity, gender, and sexuality are shaped by both our cultural environments as well as the intrinsic, spiritual landscape we grow and carry inside of ourselves throughout our lives.
Other themes this book addresses are: the prevalence of sexual assault in Indian Country; poverty and malnutrition and their effects on the mental states of children; alcoholism; and one of the worst coping mechanisms for suffering, the “I Don’t Care” mentality, which allows subscribers the belief that they are in control of their own suffering–leading to cycles that recreate the suffering over and over again.
This mentality is currently devastating Native communities, with particularly harmful repercussions for the youth in these communities.Girl Unreserved is based on the author’s own coming-of-age story and has woven into it elements of fiction and a touch of magical realism. This was my first book, put out in 2015.