This morning I received word from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards that The Nine Lives of Oliver placed as a finalist in the children’s 9-12-year-old category. Amazon Link for Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/Nine-Lives-Oliver-J-Schlenker/dp/B0BQ9GFFFZ/ The Nine Lives of Oliver is a story of Reincarnation and of Always Meeting Loved Ones from Life to Life. A curious kitten begsContinue reading “My First Children’s Book”
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I’ve started writing a children’s book, The Nine Lives of Oliver. Oliver is a cat who tells a young kitten Max about his past eight lives. Max is on his first life.
My Newest Release
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I have a habit (I don’t know if it’s bad or good) of designing covers for books I’ve barely started. This could possibly be the third cover for the third book in the A Peculiar School series.
My Working Cover
This is the working cover for a book I hope to have published by November. Ethel, a middle school teacher, Luce, a stay-at-home mom married to a successful businessman, and Ola, owner of Ola’s Wise Old Books, are best friends. They circumnavigate through the pitfalls of middle age together, confiding their innermost thoughts to eachContinue reading “My Working Cover”
My Animal Characters
I’ve been working on a third book, even though the second one hasn’t been published yet. It all started with A Peculiar School, a story about animals living in a nature preserve. They become smarter because of something put into the water supply by the scientists at a nearby lab. Besides becoming more intelligent, theyContinue reading “My Animal Characters”
In 1968, Sally, at 109 is both the oldest and only African American resident of the old-folks home where Alice works as a nurse. Drawn to Sally, Alice sits at Sally’s bedside and asks her about her life, returning home each night to journal about it. Alice discovers something profound, something she takes with herContinue reading “Sally”
Black History Month
With great love, I wrote Sally. The book is inspired by the life of Sally Ann Barnes, 1858-1969. I met Sally once in 1961 when she was 103. That meeting had a lasting impression on me. I researched her life off and on for seven years. Bronze Winner of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards andContinue reading “Black History Month”
The Beginnings of a Painting
I think I will take this one slow. When finished, I hope to incorporate it into a previous painting of a polar bear. I’m toying with the idea of a joint adventure with Theodore Polar Bear and Baby Fox, characters from A Peculiar School.
Working on artwork for a book cover for Down the Rabbit Hole, the sequel I’m writing to A Peculiar School.