The first three chapters of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom are currently available on the Facebook page of Walden Pond Press. Click here to see how it all begins — for free!


From the Mixed Up Files of Middle-Grade Writers is a wonderful blog the focuses on the vast and rich world of literature that falls between books with a reading level posted on the cover and books with swear words. It’s also the site of my very first interview for The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. In this Q&A, you will learn about my character creation process, hear about my sympathy for witches, and discover the dangers of reading-while-walking.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who says, “Healy’s fast-paced debut is overflowing with suspense, humor, and carefully developed characters. Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” Full text of the Publisher’s Weekly review is posted on the Reviews page of this site.

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