Hazel Spire: fiction - poetry - art

Making important marks on paper for half a century


Children's Novels
P3 Press 2008. 135 pages. "I can't wait to read it to my students!" ~ Susan See, LISD Teacher-of-the Year Finalist. "A heartwarming story of family, acceptance, and buried treasure." ~ Laura Edge, Children's Author
Royal Fireworks Press 2001. 123 pages. Mystery for middle grades, enjoyed by readers age 7-70. "It was so exciting I even got up early just to read it." ~ Joanne (8), England.
SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE sequel. The Texas 1979 reunion between the Graham & Darabi families is overshadowed by the Iran hostage crisis! I am also seeking a publisher for my new picture book, X MEANS TEN ON THE FACE OF BIG BEN.
Poetry Chapbooks
A chapbook from RaeMark Press, June 2003. $6.00 B&W illustrations by the author. Click on title for sample poems.
38 illustrated pieces, ranging in style from Shakespeare to Ginsberg, trace a rich pattern woven over five decades of living. RaeMark Press 2006. Click on title for sample poems.
Fly with Lucy in the Sky, back to a time when everything was fab!
A tribute to my teacher, Miss Irene Wheeler: See BLOG post 9-4-12
Magazine Articles
Published in Welcome Home. A survey of women's experiences with newborns.
Interview with founding members of a Mothers of Multiples chapter
What made novelist Thomas Hardy switch to poetry for the rest of his life? Published in Quartos, UK.

Quick Links


Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." ~ ISAIAH 30:21 (NIV)


Two months ago, I was in London, reconnecting with the sights and sounds of my birthplace, for a picture book, X MEANS TEN ON THE FACE OF BIG BEN. Text and sidebars are done; now I'm working on the illustrations--Ann Boleyn, Beatles, etc. In August, I read my true story AN AVALANCHE OF SKELETONS at the Astra writing contest reception. Winning entries are to be published in anthology.

I enjoyed talking friends old and new at the CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in Sedan last Saturday!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15: Sedan Book Club will meet. 6:30pm at the Public Library to discuss Debbie Macomber's novel RETURN TO PROMISE.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14: PRAIRIE WRITERS will meet, 2:00 pm at INDEPENDENCE LIBRARY, for mutual support, marketing tips - and possibly some seasonal treats. Newcomers are invited to join us.

My 2nd novel, ARROWHEAD'S LOST HOARD, is gaining readership with its theme of blended families. Join Craig, Tony, Kim and Fiona in their hunt for Roman treasure on a British island. To order a signed copy for $10.00, plus $2.00 S/​H, go to CONTACT page.

SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE, a Persian adventure, is available on Amazon, or from Royal Fireworks Press, one of the Quick Links in the right-hand column. Both middle-grade mysteries may be purchased at: MAGNOLIA HEALTH & HOME in Independence, KS; the BRITISH EMPORIUM in Grapevine, TX; and available soon at RUTH'S CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE in Bartlesville, OK.

My mother's autobiographical novel, RAINBOWS THROUGH THE RAIN, has been reprinted. My sister and I are giving copies to any family/​friends who express an interest.


1. A Teddy Bear Never Forgets
2. Broke Spoke and Humby Umby
3. Gretchen and Butterscotch
4. Jake's Magic Skateboard
5. Legend of Pudding Lane
6. Madame Archelon's Art Room Mysteries
7. Madame Archelon's Art Tips and Tricks
8. Mevagissey and Friends
9. Moonshine Cave Mystery
10. Scotty Takes the Train
11. Selection Box
11. Summer of the Seven Aunts
12. The Secret Life of Dolls
13. The Spellbound Pond
14. Turnabout: Mini Bible Bios for Kids
15. Uncle Pat's Amazing Apps


Q: The main character in ARROWHEAD'S LOST HOARD is a 12-year-old boy. How did you decide whose viewpoint to use for this story?

A: My first book had a 13-year-old girl protagonist, so getting into a boy's head made a change for me. I hoped the adventure and conflict between Craig and Tony would pull in boy readers. They both have sisters, so girls will appreciate the book too.

Q: Is there really an Arrowhead Island in Britain?
A: No, but the setting is similar to my childhood home on the Isle of Wight, a short ferry ride from Portsmouth or Southampton. Arrowhead is smaller, and no visitors' cars are allowed.

Q: Is it still possible to find buried Roman treasure?
A: Yes. A valuable hoard was found in 2009, and another in 2010! You need a metal detector, the landowner's permission, and lots of patience.

Q: Your first children's novel, SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE, takes place in 1970s Iran. What gave you the idea of setting a story in that time and place?
A: When I worked in Iran, the Shah’s throne seemed secure and expatriates prospered. But in 1978, mobs demanded his overthrow. I wondered how American kids would cope with secret tapes, hostile calls, suspicious fires, and local residents acting strangely. Would their school, parents’ jobs, and friendships with Iranians survive?

Q: Did you do any special research?
A: Yes. I spent a year there, but needed to know more about the history of Iran. I read about 20 books, studied news magazines on microfilm, and talked to Brits & Americans who fled Iran during the revolution. I present all viewpoints, showing the unique qualities of this land and its people.

A: Mystery-loving kids aged 9-13 will enjoy figuring out what's going on in the kids' neighborhood. They'll find humor in the rehearsals for Ali Baba, and a car chase propels the story toward a rapid conclusion. Parents who lived in the Middle East, plus teachers looking for a curriculum tie-in, might be prompted to open up a discussion about the triumph of faith and friendship over fear and prejudice.

Q: How did you become a writer?
A: Growing up, I had an abundance of paper and pencils. My parents held a writing circle in our home, and teachers nurtured my love of words. Dad typed my manuscripts for publication, but it wasn't until the 1980s that I submitted regularly, after joining a writers' group in Texas. Put on your armadillo armor as protection from rejection slips! Each one feels like an arrow, but think of it as a red badge of courage.

Q: What else have you written?
A: I've had more than 60 poems, puzzles, articles, and stories printed in magazines. Two poetry collections came out in 2004 and 2006. I want to find homes for my picture books, ONZO AND THE LONG SLEEP and L IS FOR LONDON. My longer, ongoing project is a memoir titled BUGSY, SLUG, THE BEATLES AND ME.

Q: What advice would you give young writers?
A: Read. Look. Listen. Keep a journal. Get together with friends who write, and help each other make your work the best it can be. Enter contests. Send poems and stories to your favorite magazines. Hold on to your dream. There’s a place for us all out there!