E.S. Thornton is the prize-winning author of two books: her debut mystery, Touch the Dead, and a YA novel, The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis.
She is a former newspaper reporter in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Kansas. She was a television reporter in Kowloon, HK.
Her poetry has been published in the Concho River Review and the Connecticut River Review. In fiction, her writing credits include a Bronze medal in historical fiction from the Military Writers Society of America for her debut YA novel, The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis.
Her debut mystery, Touch the Dead, was recognized by the Florida Writers Association with a Gold Royal Palm Literary Award in the Mystery or Crime (unpublished) category in 2019 when it was also named 2nd Runner-Up Book of the Year.
Touch the Dead
Eden Sinclair returns to the Fox Dunes Lodge on the Florida coast to search for her missing cousin Jess. But finding answers and someone to trust prove as elusive as the shadows beneath the waves. Jess and Eden both loved Johnny, and when he comes to the lodge and takes Eden in his arms, she is forced to confront a painful question: Can she even trust herself to find the truth?
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis
On a North Carolina military base in the segregated South of 1957, 12-year-old Gabriella Winter learns to swim and to navigate a complex world with the help of a Black Marine. As she swims toward young adulthood, could her friendship with Hawkins endanger him? It doesn't seem possible until a sudden storm on the river changes Gabriella's life -- forever.