Platt is the author of eleven novels, four of which have been published by Catbird..
Three of her Catbird novels are humorous Westerns told with heart in the wonderful
one-man dialect of Royal Leckner. Her novel The Cornerstone is a moving coming-of-age
novel that takes place in a boys' camp during WWII.
Platt lives in Port Orchard, Washington, plays lots of handball, does lots of research
in history and American dialect, and takes care of a menagerie of pets and a husband.
See below and click on the book titles for more information,
including the first chapters of each novel.
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THE CORNERSTONE is a moving coming-of-age novel about Ian McKenzie, a 15-year-old street kid who's sent to a Puget Sound summer camp to be straightened out. The cornerstone of the novel and Ian's life is his counselor, Andy Ackerman, a young man fresh from service in the Second World War (it's 1944), who's angry, demanding, and unorthodox.
"Emotionally powerful and skillfully crafted." —Library Journal
$21.95 cloth, 224 pages, ISBN 0-945774-40-0. Also available as an e-book.
THE FOUR ARROWS FE-AS-KO. In Northwest ranch foreman Royal Leckner's first fe-as-ko, back in 1892, he suddenly finds himself charged with teaching the ranch owner's retarded son to take over management of the spread. A humorous, human treatment of the mentally handicapped and the Old West.
"Bonanza meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in this comic western." —Kirkus Reviews
$17.95 cloth, 225 pp., ISBN 0-945774-14-1. Also available in an audio edition.
THE ROYALSCOPE FE-AS-KO. Royal Leckner's second fe-as-ko takes him to 1915 Hollywood, at the height of the silent Western. With dreams of stardom for her daughter Elsie (and a few for herself), Royal's wife, E. M., buys a silent film company, and then it's one fe-as-ko after another.
"From one rapid-fire gag to the next, the plot hits targets left and right . . . Royal sums up this hilarious tale best:
'who needed moving pictures when real life was as farcical as this?'" —Publishers Weekly
$21.95 cloth, 288 pages, ISBN 0-945774-35-4. Also available in an audio edition.
THE 1898 BASE-BALL FE-AS-KO. In Platt's warm and loopy third Fe-As-Ko, Royal and E.M. try to turn around an old-time baseball team with the help of Leviticus, the mildly retarded young man who owns the Four Arrows Ranch, and his wife, and statistical wizard, Lou(ella).
"Hilarious hijinks." —Baltimore Sun
$24 cloth, 300 pp., ISBN 0-945774-47-8. Also available in an audio edition.