Welcome to my bookshelf . . .

I write fiction for children and adults. My first middle-grade novel went to print in 2012, my second in 2014, and a third is scheduled to release in 2016. This year, I'm adding adult mystery, which I publish as Lu Clifton. My first mystery, Scalp Dance, releases November 18 , 2015. The second in the series, The Bonepicker,  is through the developmental editing stage, and I'm currently working on the third, The Horned Owl. I have several other completed books looking for a  publisher, so drop by soon to see what's new on my shelves.


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Breakiing News: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe nominated for Florida's 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Reader Award (SSYRA). 







Breaking News: New Release Date for Scalp Dance: March 16, 2016


STARRED REVIEW! The Library Journal describes Scalp Dance as "Compelling . . . vividly rendering southeastern Oklahoma settings -- the Ouachita Mountains, the Red River Valley, and the Chickasaw National Recreation area . . . this book will thrill readers of Jean Hager's "Mitch Bushyhead" and "Molly Bearpaw" mysteries or anyone interested in Native American lore."


Kirkus Review says Scalp Dance is a "fine procedural debut . . . made even more interesting by its detailed informtion on Native American ceremonies."


Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky, says "An intriguing page-turner! Lu Clifton has written a hard-to-put-down mystery rich in the lore and culture of the Choctaw Nation. And Tribal Police Lieutenant Sam Chittois is as smart and savvy as he is likable, the kind of character who gets under your skin. I look forward to his next outing."