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The Not-Ready-for-Juilliard Players

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A literary musical mystery released in April 2016 by Rocking Horse Publishing.

See separate page here for a book guide.

Available at

The Book House, 7352 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO  63143

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis MO 63108

Rocking Horse Publishing

Kindle Edition and Paperback at: Amazon

The Not-Ready-for-Juilliard Players is a National Novel Writing Month novel from 2010.



When a 15-year-old girl suddenly finds herself endowed with talents she didn’t have before, she embarks on a quest to learn how she acquired these gifts and why. Along the way she learns that her ability to play piano, do complicated mathematics, exercise photographic recall and perform other skills can benefit not only herself but others. And what she finds cuts to the core of her identity.


The first time it happened, my mom looked at me like “what the —” Well, she eyed me like I had just sprouted two extra heads. I have to admit, I was dazed and confused myself, to quote one of my grandpa’s favorite songs.

We were at an estate sale way across town. For some reason, Mom wanted to go to this particular sale and she talked me into going along. I’d just been getting into vinyl records, and she enticed me with the possibility of some vinyl. …

I went back to the music room, sat down on the piano bench and started plunking. Then the strangest thing happened. I started playing. I mean, really playing — a real piece. It sounded familiar, but I had no idea what it was. That wasn’t my major concern at the moment. I was playing the piano! Did I mention that I didn’t know how to play the piano?

Touch is a National Novel Writing Month novel, written in November 2013. Pitching to agents and publishers in progress.

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