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Dead, was recognized by the Florida Writers Association with a Gold Royal Palm Literary Award in the Mystery or Crime (unpublished) category in 2019 when it was also named 2nd Runner-Up Book of the Year.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
Nineteen-year-old Eden Sinclair leaves a broken marriage and the Blue Moon trailer park in Chicago to search for her missing cousin Jess in a Florida coastal community’s steamy world of booze, sex, drugs, shady deals and surfing. Foxes roam the wilderness. For Eden, finding answers and someone to trust are as elusive as the shadows beneath the waves.
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.