Middle Grade Fiction


Meet Liza Smith. If you’re going to hide Windydown Vale’s biggest and darkest secret, you’re going to want her on your side. Strong, fierce, and a genius with a hammer (or two…), Liza is the best friend Copper Inskeep needs. She could be more, too, if Copper ever gets his head out of the mud long enough to see it…

More GHOUL OF WINDYDOWN VALE character reveals all this week, featuring the art of Larissa Brown Marantz (https://larissamarantz.com/index.html). Preorder your signed & personalized copy of GHOUL here: https://www.rjjulia.com/signed-personalized-ghoul-windydown-vale-jake-burt

and register for the free virtual launch on 1/25 at 7:00 here:



Fourteen-year-old Copper Inskeep is the pride of Windydown Vale. Everyone knows he’s the affable, hard-working son of the town’s innkeepers. Very few also know his dark secret: that he’s the Ghoul, Windydown’s own local legend. Every night, Copper dons a gruesome costume and prowls the swamp surrounding the Vale. It keeps wanderers from stumbling into the dangerous bogs, scares bandits away, and makes sure travelers steer their way toward the inn at the center of town, rather than saving a few coins by camping in the swamp. It’s a dangerous double life, but Copper’s managing it well enough…

…at least, until the world’s most renowned monster hunter shows up in Windydown and proclaims he’s going to “solve” its Ghoul problem…

Art Credit: Larissa Brown Marantz (https://larissamarantz.com/index.html)

GHOUL launch party!

Join NYT-bestselling author James Ponti and me for the free virtual launch party of my newest novel, THE GHOUL OF WINDYDOWN VALE! Register for this event here, and remember to preorder your signed, personalized copy when you do. Hope to see you there!

First blurb in for THE GHOUL OF WINDYDOWN VALE – RL Stine!

One of the best parts about having a new book come out is hearing what others think of it. Of course, that can always be a little stressful, too, especially when it’s the opinion of another author whose work you admire…and who grew up in the same hometown as you. That’s why it was such an honor (and relief!) to hear from world-renowned teller of terrifying tales R.L. Stine:

“Don’t miss this book! It takes you to another world—and then terrifies you with surprise after surprise. Great ghoulish fun!”
—R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

Thank you, Mr. Stine!

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