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The Long Shadow: Press Release 4 March 2021

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Short bio: Phyllis Wheeler set a goal at age 13 to write a children’s book, a journey with lots of detours that has taken many years. She’s written for daily newspapers, worked on airplanes as a mechanical engineer, and raised four children, doing some homeschooling along the way. She has lived in a variety of places, but for most of her adult life has called St. Louis home. Get a free short story when you sign up for her occasional newsletter at

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Long bio:

Author Phyllis Wheeler has done a little bit of many things. After studying English in college she worked for five years as a newspaper reporter. Then she went back to school and became a mechanical engineer working in aerospace for seven years.

During her next career as a homeschool teacher, she created and self-published a computer-programming curriculum (focusing on fun projects for kids) that won first-place awards. She picked up her childhood goal of writing a children’s book and learned a lot of writing craft. With a friend she operated a small press for five years, winning several awards.

Her debut middle-grade novel published in 2021; more are in the works. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, keeping tabs occasionally on their four grown children. Get a free read-aloud short story when you sign up for her newsletter at .

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