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


"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. Let me help you develop a concept on which you can act. (30 minutes plus Q&A).  See Facebook Live version.



Book Clubs


If you would like me to attend your book club meeting by Zoom, 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