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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

Alternative: Phyllis Wheeler is an award-winning kidlit author and formerly a publisher and editor. Phyllis’s first novel was published in 2021 by Elk Lake Publishing and went on to win two awards: Moonbeam and Purple Dragonfly. The first of a time-travel series for ages 8-11 publishes fall 2022. Previously, Phyllis worked at Castle Gate Press as publisher and editor for five years, and Phyllis loves to talk about the craft of writing stories. Find out more at her website,, where you can get a free short story.

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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 and won two awards; more stories 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 .