GAYLE C. KRAUSE
What motivates you as a writer?
Helping children find their own creativity by visiting imaginary worlds through my stories.
What types of books do you like to read?
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
I read mostly YA.
PUBLISHER: Clear Fork/SPORK Publishing, 2019
By the middle grades, children know the storylines of familiar fairytales, which makes them all the funnier when they veer off in different directions. Good ‘fractured fairytales’ twist the child reader’s perspective on the story, showing other possibilities. From a frog, who thinks he’s Sleeping Beauty, to a cool-rappin’ fairy godmother who sends Cinderella to a Hip-Hop Ball, to a boy who waits beneath a stone bridge to fool trolls, Once Upon a Twisted Tale is a rollicking, rhyme-filled poetry collection that can be read for sheer amusement or used in a classroom to compare original tales to the twisted tales as per Language Arts requirements.
PUBLISHER: Clear Fork/SPORK Publishing, 2019
A young boy and his soldier dad share special moments by looking at the moon each night. But when Dad comes home a wounded warrior, his son discovers it’s the power of love that kept them connected all along, and he plays a major part in his father’s recovery.
PUBLISHER: Trowbridge Books, 2017
With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, Perdy Rogers chafes under the strict rule of her Quaker grandmother and the endless duties of her apprenticeship in Betsy Ross’s upholstery shop. So when her best friend shares a secret and invites Perdy to help plan an elopement, she’s thrilled to be with her friends again. But Perdy has no idea that one favor will unravel the stable fabric of her life and involve her in a tangled web of deceit, lies and treachery.
Disguised as boys, three girls head to the river to put Perdy’s plan into action, but only two return. When the third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice as her co-conspirator, all eyes turn to Perdy Rogers. But she’s no spy!
Accused of treason, she struggles to prove her innocence with the help of a handsome stranger and learns the hard way that freedom, whether an individual’s or a country’s, comes at a cost.
PUBLISHER: Trowbridge Books, 2013
Sixteen-year-old streetwise orphan, Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent. In an effort to outwit the diabolical mayor, she uses her hypnotic singing voice to lead rats to their death and all the children to safety, in a dying city cursed by the deadly sun.
PUBLISHER: Scholastic, 2008
The tree is lit and children await Santa’s arrival, only they’re not tucked snuggly in their beds dreaming of sugarplums. They’re stomping and clapping at a Christmas rock concert, where Santa is the “star.” This is an original, modern day retelling of a Christmas classic, but what happens on this night before Christmas is rockin’.
"Ratgirl draws you in and holds you. Just when I thought I knew where the action was leading me, sudden twists in the story took me down a different action-packed emotional path. The unexpected heroes, the ingenuity and fortitude of Jax and her friends kept me flipping the pages. "
-Ratgirl, GOODREADS REVIEW
"Fabulous, rhythmic picture book to read aloud! Captures the wonderment and magic of Santa with a fresh, fun energy."
-Rock Star Santa,
"Twice Betrayed is a shocking book about the danger of spies during the Revolutionary War. It mixes truths with myths and twirls it into a mighty whirlwind. The plot tugs on your heart and pulls you in with its intense action. The end is a perfect conclusion to a great book. Twice Betrayed by Gayle C. Krause will make you laugh, gasp, and most certainly cry. If you don’t read this book, you are missing a very enthralling, exciting, and amazing story."
book reviewer: age 11
"This lovely story is a tribute to military families everywhere, and the last few pages pull at the heartstrings. The artwork complements the text and the ever present moon shines through, leaving the reader with hope and pride. This book is perfect for home, school, and library settings."
Daddy, Can You See the Moonn?
"Twisted tales are always fun to read. But a book of twisted tales in poetry? Perfect!"
-Eric Ammon, GOODREADS REVIEW
Once Upon a Twisted Tale