I give talks at libraries, bookstores, and civic organizations. Please contact me if if you would like me to speak to your group as follows, or as you request:


"Novel as Second Act"

I came to Phoenix in 1993 to build the Arizona Science Center. A dozen years later, in my sixties, I took on a different challenge--to begin a second career as a novelist. What was it like to start all over again? How does my experience compare to that of others facing a life transition? Listen as I share my lessons learned. (1 hour with Q&A.)


"Thinking About Writing a Book?"

As you begin to approach the book idea that's been back of mind for a while, there are five things you'd do well to consider before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Let me tell you about developing a concept on which you can act. (30 minutes with Q&A).  See Facebook Live version - starts at 9 minutes in.


Book Clubs


If you would like me to attend your book club meeting by Skype, or Facetime, or, if you are in greater Phoenix, in person, please write me at sheilagrinell@cox.net. I will be happy to discuss my work, or writing process, or how I began to write fiction after a long career in museums. Or if you prefer, send me questions you'd like addressed.


To find out what happens after the end of the book, read the epilogue here.


For questions for discussion, click download below.

Discussion Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 357.7 KB





See discussion guide on pages 273-275. 

Or, click download below.

Discussion Guide - The Contract.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 82.4 KB



In late 2019, my husband and I moved into a  "continuing care retirement community" (CCRC). I write a short monthly column sharing thoughts on what it's like. You can read my columns on my "author page" on the platform, Sixty and Me. Click here or on the image to the left. Please do send me your comments.