The True Story of Maggie Mae: My New Picture Book

MMDEx8x150I’m thrilled with my debut picture book, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies, out at the end of August; and it’s just, well, as cute as a bug in a rug! Really!  (Although a bug in  a rug is not that cute, is it?) Jack Foster did an amazing job with the illustrations, and the cover design by my publisher Guardian Angel Publishing just pops out at kids. This is the first book of mine that my husband has read cover to cover–ha! He said, “Wow, this is pretty good.” (He’s into Game of Thrones, Ender’s Game, Divergent, Dr. Seuss–I have big names to compete with.)

The reason why this book is so important to me, and why I’m so thankful to Lynda Burch from GAP, is because it’s based on a true story about my wonderfully funny and loveable grandma, Ruth Dill, and her dog, Toby. Although both are now baking and eating cookies in Heaven, this is a tribute to such a warm, wonderful woman and a crazy-anxiety ridden beagle.

Here’s the real story:

One day, Ruth Dill was baking cookies in her kitchen. (True story: I actually can’t remember if I was there or not. I feel like I was, but I’m not sure. I always spent a week at my grandma’s house in the summer–and this might or might not have happened while I was there.) She always placed them on the table to cool–her kitchen was not super wide, but fairly long, so she stirred batter on the small counter by the sink, baked in her stove across from the refrigerator, and cooled treats on the table. My grandpa Clarence (Bud) was always busy doing something around the house or in his garden, and so he was often cutting through the kitchen to get to the back door–out to his garden or the shed.

When Grandma turned around to add more cookies to cool, there were some on the corner missing. She thought Clarence could have easily taken a couple on his path through the kitchen, and so she yelled at him, “Bud, don’t eat the cookies.”

For those of you that knew my grandpa, he was full of life, loved his family, and to fish and play cards. He loved my grandma and called her, “Mom”, but he did not like to be accused of something he didn’t do, and he sometimes had a colorful vocabulary. He said, “I did not eat your $*%& cookies.” (You can fill in the blank.)

SO, whatever–these two bickered a lot in their later years, and each went on their own way, when Grandma soon discovered that Clarence did not actually eat her *&%@ cookies because TOBY, the beagle, was standing on his back legs and helping himself to any of the cookies on the table. Needless to say, Toby was the one in the doghouse that night, not Grandpa.

So, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire is based on that true story. It’s changed up a bit, with new suspects, clues, alibis, and not just as simple as Toby stealing the cookies from the table. But the spirit of my grandma and grandpa are in those pages, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Want to check it out yourself for kids ages 3 to 8? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Well, you can. . .

  • Come to my in-person book signing/launch on September 20 from 11am to 1pm at 6 North Cafe in Ballwin, MO (14438 Clayton Rd)–very close to 141 and Clayton
  • Stay tuned right here for info on the ONLINE BOOK PARTY where you could win a detective notebook of your very own or for a child in your life!
  • Buy an autographed copy from my personal website at:
  • Check it out on major retailers: Amazon and Barnes and Noble
  • Go to my publishers’ website and get your very own ECOPY for only $5.00

Here are the first two pages of the book! (Click on it to read it larger and not cut off on your screen.) Thanks for your support:





So, what do you think?