“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” -- Martin Luther

Clifford Henderson’s Novels

Bait and Witch book cover

Bait and Witch

Zeddi’s cursed with bad luck. A housing shortage in the Bay Area’s Tres Ojos has left her and her nine-year-old daughter, Olive, living in a van. Working as a housekeeper, trying to save money, Zeddi worries about Olive’s welfare. When she finds her friend and housekeeping client, Mags, dead—and something about her death doesn’t sit right—she faces her biggest worry of all.

Mags’ longtime lover, Ida, confirms her suspicions of foul play, revealing that Mags served as high priestess to a dwindling coven of old witches—who are positive that Mags was murdered. Zeddi owes it to Mags and Ida to uncover the truth, but the more she digs, the more she fears that Mags’ love for Olive may have unintentionally made Olive the killer’s next target.

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Rest Home Runaways

Perfect Little Worlds

Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award

Lucy can’t hold the secret any longer. Twenty-six years ago, her sister did the unthinkable.

Portland, Oregon, 1989: Lucy Mustin, living somewhat happily, pumping out wedding cakes for starry-eyed heterosexuals while she, a lesbian, can’t legally marry, is called upon to travel to Santa Cruz to help her autistic sister, Alice, care for their Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. She knew the call was coming sooner or later. She’d just hoped it would be later. Mother issues. The possibility that resolution might be lost to dementia is a heartbreak she doesn’t feel like feeling.

Santa Cruz, California, one week later: a trip to the family bakery ups the ante tenfold when the Loma Prieta/World Series Earthquake, racking up a whopping 7.1 on the Richter scale, traps the sisters below ground. There, Alice reminds Lucy of a promise made to their mother many years ago, a promise she plans to keep.

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Rest Home Runaways

Rest Home Runaways
2014 Rainbow Awards Finalist!

Published August 2014

Baby boomer Morgan Ronzio’s troubled marriage is the least of her worries when she gets the call that her addled, eighty-six-year-old, half-blind dad, Mac, has stolen a car and escaped the rest home.

Before she can alert her uber-capable wife, Treat, a trio of lady octogenarians appropriates the rest home van to rescue Mac, embarking on an adventure that makes national news. But Morgan knows something they don’t: Mac is taking orders from her mom’s ghost, trying to make good on a promise he made years ago. Worried sick, Morgan sets out on the 126 mile drive from Fresno to Santa Cruz, praying she finds Mac before he hurts himself- or worse. The chase is on- only the mission becomes one of more than miles; Morgan must also undertake a journey of the heart.

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Maye's Request

Maye’s Request
Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award

Published January 2011

Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother’s lover—who also happens to be her Dad’s twin sister. The animosity between the twins is a valley of landmines. When her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean tries. But the more Bean finds out about her parents’ complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows.

A story of love, longing, and family.

Spanking New

Spanking New
Winner of Independent Publisher’s Book Award

Published January 2010

Getting born is trickier than Spanky ever imagined.

Yearning for life, Spanky chooses Nina, a flighty actress just out of college, and Rick, a sax player who changes tires to get by, to be his parents. Only Nina seems to be hung up on her gay guy friend Pablo, and Nina’s best girlfriend Dink is hung up her! Will Nina and Rick get it together in time to conceive Spanky before he evaporates? And if this hurdle gets crossed, will they choose to keep him? If so, will they and their quarreling families learn to like him?

There’s not much Spanky can do but watch from afar while his fate plays out — and if that’s not scary enough — something else happens that makes Spanky completely reevaluate his expectations. He’s a girl!

A poignant, hilarious, unforgettable look at life, love, gender, and the essence of what makes us who we are.

The Middle of Somewhere

The Middle of Somewhere
Gold Medal Winner of Forward Magazine’s Book of the Year

Published January 2009

Eadie T. Pratt sets out on a road trip in search of a new life and ends up in the middle of somewhere she never expected. Start with one independent, urban lesbian who cashes out her life in San Francisco for a second-hand travel trailer and sets off to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in search of a new life. Add to this a broken down ’66 Mustang, a bunch of small-town Texas Baptists, a ton of fried food, and a church scandal. Pepper this with a hot love interest and a dash of greed and what you get is Eadie T. Pratt’s road trip gone awry.

“Clifford Henderson writes with depth and ease. Her writing gives you the sense that her muse was not only visiting, but had moved in .”

Sam Martino

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