Cadi takes one sip out of an acorn-shaped cup and is immersed into a world of folktales with a seemingly impossible task: How do you stop stories that are too scary, sad or difficult to bear?

Gorgeously illustrated by Elin Manon, this book includes a glossary and simple pronunciation guide of Welsh words, written by Dr Iwan Wyn Rees. You also can listen to his audio recordings here.

Wrapped in a cotton-linen cloth cover with a foil stamp hand-lettered by Nicholas Moegly, the 48-page book is published by and available for purchase at Lost Art Press.

About Me

My children’s book, “Cadi & the Cursed Oak,” illustrated by Elin Manon, was released by Lost Art Press in February 2022.

After gigs editing at Popular Woodworking Magazine (where I learned the art of how-to writing and even built a few things) and Writer’s Digest magazine (where I had the privilege of interviewing some amazing authors, and wrote about agents, publishers and the craft), I switched to full-time freelance writing and editing in 2008.

Today my clients include book publisher Lost Art Press (where I’m managing editor) and  Writer’s Digest magazine (where I’m a contributing editor and author of the Meet the Agent column). Additional clients include Mount St. Joseph University, Barefoot Proximity, Edible Ohio Valley magazine, P&G, Cloverleaf, Robert Half, PRINT magazine, Wordsworth Communications, Healthcare Design magazine, Environments for Aging magazine, Cincy magazine, Cincinnati CityBeat, Cincinnati Parent magazine, LINK nky, Fort Thomas Living magazine, Fort Thomas Matters, Print Solutions Magazine, Restaurant Hospitality magazine and Writer’s Market Books.

My essays and poetry have appeared in “This I Believe: Life Lessons” (Wiley), TIME magazine’s parenting blog, The New York Times parenting blog, Scary Mommy, Literary Mama, Motherwell and The Huffington Post. You can find hundreds of personal essays on my blog, Pleiades Bee.

I live in a house built in 1910 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, across the Ohio River just south of Cincinnati, with my husband, daughter, twin sons, Io (our dog) and Jupiter (our cat). 


Hundreds of personal essays appear on my blog, Pleiades Bee. Most were written during my early years of motherhood, raising a daughter and twin boys two years apart. My essay, “Apologies To the Parents I Judged Four Years Ago,” which appeared on The Huffington Post and my blog, was named one of TIME magazine’s Top 10 Opinions of 2012.

Some of my favorites:

Choosing Compassion in a Culture of Fear
Seeking the Bigness in the Everyday
The View from Up High
The Love in Trying

My Work

I’d love to hear from you!