I am working on the second installment of a 5-book chapter book series, “Amazing Adventures with DoBot the Robot”. The working titles for Books 1 and 2 are “T Rex Trouble” and “Equation Explorers”. The alliterative letters from the working titles create an anagram. I won’t say what it is! Like the long story arc, it’s a mystery.
The DoBot books feature three brothers, two bio and one a Korean adoptee. These boys go on adventures with a kind older man, and DoBot the robot, of course. Each book has a little math or science, some fantasy and at least one puzzle. In addition to my family & my puppy Rocket, these books are my life. I had the honor of reading parts of Book 1 to a second grade class and am delighted to report that they loved it!
My short stories have been published in Bright Flash Literary Review, Ranfurly Review and elsewhere. In 2008, one of my stories was a finalist for Glimmertrain’s Short Story Award. In 2017, I was the proud recipient of a Writing the Other Sentient Squid Scholarship. I published a middle-grade sci-fi novella, The Pied Piper of St. May, and a picture book, Paloodle Doodle. Paloodle Doodle is a silly book based on a story my eldest son told me when he was four years old. It has goofy pictures, dinosaurs, cookies and a few cool facts at the back as a bonus. You are welcome to follow my author page on Amazon, though I am not very good at updating it.
My nonfiction includes several bylined articles for the sustainability science company Oak Services, LLC, countless uncredited plans and manuals for environmental remediation projects, and some anonymous web articles (shhhh).
I live in Colorado with a puppy, some critters, a spouse & three sons. I’d be delighted if you joined me for random thoughts & conversations on Twitter. If you’re interested in my art, you can join me on Instagram, where I occasionally post my art, and check out my Red Bubble store. To contact me, email dbmcneill @ live dot com (but without the spaces, and well, you know the drill). Please put “writing” in the subject line so your message doesn’t get lost.