To hear me speak, please check out this interview with Zibby Owens, creator of the award-winning podcast, Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books.


I give talks at libraries, bookstores, and civic organizations about the business and craft of writing. Please contact me if if you would like me to speak to your group. Topics include:


"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? Let me share my lessons learned. (30 minutes plus 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 help you develop a book concept on which you can act. (30 minutes plus Q&A).



Book Clubs


You will find discussion guides below. If you would like me to attend your book club meeting by Zoom, Skype, or Facetime, or in person if you are in greater Phoenix, please write me at sheilagrinell@cox.net. I will be happy to discuss my work, or writing process, or other topics you'd like me to address.




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