Authors of the Pikes Peak Region

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Born and raised in New York, I attended the State University of New York at Brockport and taught Kindergarten for several years. I migrated into…

John Dwaine McKenna is the author of four fiction novels, three of which have been awarded EVVYS for excellence in fiction by the Colorado…

We moved to Colorado Springs the year I turned 13 and have lived here ever since. One summer I worked for the East Library through a teen job…

Brook Bhagat is the author of Only Flying, a Pushcart-nominated collection of…

Sandhya Menon is the author of the YA rom-com When Dimple Met Rishi (Simon and Schuster, May 2017), which has been hailed by Bustle…

Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut. As an adult, he’s managed the U.S. Space Camp program and operated two Challenger Learning Centers…

In Memory of Doyle Trent (Obituary for Doyle Trent)

Western author Doyle Trent succumbed to congestive heart failure on Sunday, May 11,…

Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering…

Raised by a fun-loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness, I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe,…

Andrew served in the United States Army for 22 years and is a retired Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, Andrew and his family chose to reside in…

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado Springs, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune…

I have lived in the Colorado Springs area with my family for over 30 years. I love to write and love where I live, so it made sense for my stories…

Adrienne has lived in Fountain since 2013 and is originally from South Africa. She adores nature and has been a photographer for more years than…

I am currently a consultant and coach with industry for quality improvement strategies. I taught mathematics at the United States Air Force…

Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including…

A.R. Kingston grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. She holds a degree in psychology and has spent several years working in the mental health…

Two-time winner of the Christian Indie Award for historical fiction, Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a…

I grew up between Key West, Florida and Whitefield, New Hampshire, but spent most of my formative years in New York State’s Adirondack mountains.…

Jim Neville was raised in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA. Although the city of Colorado Springs is relatively flat in comparison, the Rocky Mountains…

Dr. Wiatrowski moved to the Pikes Peak area in 1975 and has spent the years since he relocated to Colorado photographing its historic sites and…

Rev. Allen is a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC) where she serves as one of the associate ministers to Rev. Cleveland A.…

My family moved to Colorado Springs in 1961, so I have lived here most of my life. When married, I lived in Germany, Sterling, and Denver for 13…

I live in Colorado Springs with my husband and extra-large housecat. We all love the Pikes Peak region and the greater Southwest and often spend…

Eileen moved to the Colorado Springs area with her family when she was 8 years old. Although she had lived in three different homes before then,…

Twenty years I have lived in this part of the world, including 2014-2018 in Monument, when my son went to Lewis-Palmer High School. I also have…

David is a retired foreign service officer who lived in Italy for nine years.

Peter E. Boroch is a former Marine, husband, and proud father. He is the author of the science fiction/military series…

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call…

Fleur Bradley grew up in the Netherlands, where she spent my childhood riding her bike, catching tadpoles, and reading Pippi Longstocking…

Gaylyn Williams is the director of Relationship Resources, Inc., a nonprofit corporation; a published author of twenty-four published books; a…

Graduating from college, my one thought was to leave Minnesota and live where the weather is phenomenal, but I never made it to southern…

E.T. Gunnarsson translates imagination into words for a living. His debut book Forgive Us was awarded Best Sci-Fi book in the 2021…

D.M. O’Byrne’s first job was as a waitress. Now she’s a writer of mystery novels. In between, jobs included English teacher, racehorse exerciser,…

The descendant of Colorado pioneers, I was born into a family of eight when my father owned the Pine Valley Dairy, now part of the U.S. Air Force…

Susie Wickman was born and raised in small town, Wishek, North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She…

Dr. Nancy Saltzman grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College in 1970. Upon graduation she taught…

DJ Seddon, a Massachusetts native began her writing experience with her sister at the age of 12 with a 100 page children's mystery book. Writing…

Stéphanie McGuirt is a writer and artist living in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two children. She owns Bright Spot Copywriting, where…

Jessy Randall is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, a position she has held since 2001. She publishes regularly in literary…

I'm a native of Colorado and grew up in the Denver area. I left after finishing college, but returned after 27 years.

In a nutshell: born, lost, found, raised in Los Angeles as a dancer, graduated, married best friend at 18, had two daughters plus half the…

I grew up in Denver and had an astonishing career as an educator in Canon City, CO. I moved to Ivywild, Colorado Springs in 2012. This lively,…

Bert moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs in 1974 with his wife Nancy and sons Jeremy and Chad. He now has nine grandchildren and one great-…

Faye was a crafter during the 1990s. She sculpted with chicken wire and won the President's Award for a large free-standing sculpted horse at the…

Irene Sutherland and her husband Scott live in Monument, Colorado. Irene is a native of New Hampshire, moved to Florida as a teen, married her…

Charlie Mac was born and raised in Southern California. In the mid-90s Charlie was fascinated by a comment by actor Paul Newman who pointed out…

Four-Time Olympian in the sport of luge. First four-decade Winter Olympian. Spoken for over 100 Fortune 500 companies since 2002. Sold over 300,…

Rebekah Tyne McKamie is a Christian Author residing in Calhan, Colorado. She has lived in Colorado her entire life, only leaving the Colorado…

Christina Bergling has been writing since childhood. She has written a variety of styles. A blog from Iraq, software user guides for software,…

After growing up in Germany, Tanja Britton came to Colorado Springs thanks to her husband Mike, whose family, like many, was transplanted to the…

An honor graduate of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Bev Sninchak first moved to the Pikes Peak region in 1979 when her…

James Schannep is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)…

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries and Starlit Bookshop Mysteries. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly…

From The Gazette obituary, Oct. 3, 2021:

Alexander L. Blackburn of Colorado Springs, CO., educator, novelist…

Growing up biracial in America, this debut author has experienced her fair share of injustices and aims to leave the world better than the one she…

K. L. Emanuelson is an Army veteran. She was a working cowgirl for many years, a horse trainer and a riding instructor. As a Beowulf scholar, she'…

Dr. Brian D. Laslie is Command Historian, U.S. Air Force Academy. A historian of air power and space studies, Dr. Laslie…

Robert Strauss is owner of Global Perspectives Consulting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. GPC clients excel in complex global marketplaces through…

Nancy Atherton is the author of Aunt Dimity mysteries. With 25 titles, including many bestsellers, her cozy mystery series follows paranormal…

Ashlee Cowles grew up an Army "brat" and has lived in many places, but her earliest memories are of Pikes Peak and she always seems to find her…

​​Cheri Gillard has been writing, editing, and publishing for over twenty-five years. As a hybrid writer and editor, she has…

I'm a writer, reader, blogger, podcaster, hiker, amateur photographer, wife, mom, fan of frights and flights of fantasy, and more.

My…

I’ve always had a passion for writing. Early on, I polished my writing skills by passing notes to my friends instead of paying attention in math…

Isabel M. Peña was born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC to Dominican parents. She is currently a single mother of two wonderful boys and is…

Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the…

Mary returned to Colorado Springs in 1998, before that she lived here for 3 1/2 years from fall of 1988 to spring of 1992. She also lived in…

Cassie Decker started writing love stories after she read her first romance novel in high school and instantly fell in love with falling in love.…

T. R. grew up in and around Boulder, Colorado. After moving to California and sampling life in San Diego, San Francisco, and L. A., she and her…

David Tracy was born and raised in Denver. He was a Division I athlete at Colorado State University where he graduated in 1977. Upon graduation,…

William B. Scott is the author of four books—three novels and a work of nonfiction about the B-2 stealth bomber. A flight test engineer graduate…

Author Brian Bigelow is originally from Minnesota and currently lives in Colorado with his wife Brandy. He is an American author of contemporary…

Susan Joy Paul has hiked, climbed, snow shoed, rappelled, and at times - when the winds above 14,000 feet were screaming - crawled across the…

Alli Carter Close is a freelance journalist who lives in the shadow of Pikes Peak. She lives with her husband, two children and four dogs.

Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and former homeschool mom. She and her husband make their home in Colorado Springs, where Becky…

Amber Herbert is a published author/poet living in Colorado Springs with her husband and two sons. She has a BA in English Literature and has…

Prior to moving to Colorado Springs in 2002, I wrote and published articles relating to community, current issues, family and local, and…

Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award-winning writer and director of the audio drama Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom along with the multiple…

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and brand…

Davyne spent her life traveling the world and has lived in Germany, Bolivia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States.…

A.L. Kessler is best known for her Here Witchy Witchy series and can be found on her couch working hard…

Mike Torreano has lived in Colorado Springs since 1977. A retired Colonel, USAF, he is also a retired financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual…

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian…

Jené is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Her memoir, The Oat Project: How I Faced My Fear and Came of Age in One Wild Summer, about…

I came to Denver in December 2014. My cousin and family reside in Colorado Springs. So have been a frequent visitor to Colorado Springs and have…

I have lived in Colorado Springs since 1969, worked as a reporter, writer, and editor at The Gazette for 32 years and have been a…

Judith has specialized in capturing breathtaking scenic and nature images for over 20 years. She shares her vast knowledge through private and…

Julie was born and raised in upstate New York. She married her high school…

Chad Cramer has a business degree from Cornerstone University and makes his full time profession in the software market. Ever since he was an…

I moved to the Pikes Peak Plains Region in 1967 when I married my husband. We presently live near Peyton, Colorado, and we operate a ranch with…

Janna Vought is a poet, nonfiction, and fiction writer with more than 50 pieces published in various magazines and literary journals. She…

Dr. Cara E. Koch is a Parental Alienation expert, author, and researcher who has written the book, From Heartbreak to Healing: Resolving…

I've lived in the Colorado Springs area for over 40 years in a downtown Victorian home. We had fun updating and remodeling our home while keeping…

Jodi Cox is an American dieselpunk author born on April 10, 1979 in Union City, Indiana. She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1997.…

Dr. Hicks is the author of

Jodi writes inspirational romantic suspense stories that are Gospel centered and intertwined with God's love and plan of redemption. Her passion…

I was employed for twenty-five years doing research and evaluation with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and another seven years with…

Jason Dias has lived and worked in the Pikes Peak region since the early 90s after returning home from a childhood in England. Currently a…

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of 60 books for young readers, ranging from picture books for toddlers to novels for teens. Popular and recent…

Patricia Meredith is an author of historical and cozy mysteries. When she’s not writing, she’s playing board games with her husband, creating…

Having reaped the benefits of pedagogical academia, Eric J. Rodwell is an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). He has…

A Colorado Springs native, Mel McFarland is active in local history pursuits and has worked with newspapers, schools, and historical sources in…

Lisa Travis dreamed of faraway places ever since she was a little girl who explored National Geographic magazines every month. Looking…

The Colorado mountains serves as Elizabeth's inspiration for writing poetry and other inspirational works. She has been writing, speaking, singing…

I have been a born-again Christian for more than thirty years. I am not affiliated with any organization, nor a denomination. I, like Paul in…

Liz has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers, including farming with a team of draft horses and working as a field paramedic,…

As a young, vicious reader, Shelly Goodman Wright spent most of her time, either in the restricted reading section of the library, or scribbling…

Leah has been writing since she was six years old. Her very first story was written for her mother and Leah illustrated it herself using stencils…

Khadija Grant is a proud mother of three little girls and the author of two amazing books. She has published The Influenced, an…

Kenneth Bressett has actively promoted the study and hobby of numismatics for over 60 years. His published works on the subject cover a wide range…

Stewart Green, born and raised in Colorado Springs, has been a writer and photographer since 1977 and traveled all over the American West as well…

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of…

Terry Odell always wanted to "fix" stories she read so the characters did what she wanted. She discovered this wasn't always possible when the…

Ashley is the Managing Member/CEO of Koalatative Guided Solutions, LLC. She lives in Colorado where she enjoys spending a large amount of her…

I attended college in the state of Washington. I moved to Colorado Springs this past summer (2013). My stories are influenced by the areas with…

Dorothy has lived in Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Zealand. She is a native Coloradoan and currently resides in…

I am a poet, novelist, and editor living in Colorado Springs. I will graduate from UCCS with my Bachelor's in English in December 2018. In my free…

Jodi Bowersox has never liked being put in a box. Over the course of her life, she has been an actress, seamstress, designer, business owner,…

  • Graduated from high school in Gainesville, GA. 
  • Graduated from the USAFA in 1965 and Purdue University in 1966. 

Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping…

I taught junior high school, managed McConnell's Hardware and Mesa TV Hardware. I was the Merchandise Manager and Assistant Store Manager of the…

Donna Kunkel is a paranormal romance author. Within the pages of her tales, you can visit with witches, wizards, shape-shifters, and other fantasy…

Jonathan Martin is a native of Colorado Springs.

Kathy Brandt is the co-author with son, Max Maddox, of Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness, has published four mysteries in…

My childhood was spent traveling the United States with my family, until I found beautiful Colorado and made it my permanent home in 2007. I have…

Fantasy author Tai Manivong was inspired to write a children’s novel while she was a third grade teacher, six years ago. But the seed was planted…

My parents moved to Colorado four months after I was born, from Lincoln, NE. I graduated from Abraham Lincoln H.S. in Denver and attended one year…

The author of twelve mystery novels and counting, Laura DiSilverio is a former Air Force intelligence officer. She writes the Mall Cop series (…

T. Duren Jones gets out into the wilderness as often as possible, camping,…

Steven LeRoy Nelson is an award-winning humorist whose short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery…

I've been writing since before I could drive. Short stories, investigative exposes, celebrity profiles, editorials, business columns, radio dramas…

My name is LaNette and I’m a Christian author, Writing Coach, Certified Grief Specialist, Marine wife, and grandma who loves hot pink, polka dots…

For 19 years, I played in the Colorado Springs Symphony. My current cozy mystery series is based on those experiences.

Stith was born in Boulder and has lived in the Pikes Peak region for 40+ years. He's been a writer since 1980.

His works include REDSHIFT…

Holly is a military-brat-who-never-lived-anyplace-for-very-long turned local after marrying her born-and-raised-in-Colorado-Springs husband.…

Sandra Knauf was born in California and spent most of her childhood in Missouri. She moved to Colorado when she was a teenager and has lived there…

I was still living as a man when I moved to in the year 2000. Having been outed as transgender, and fired at the Prep-School where I had been…

Ashley Eiman is a professional editor…

Mary Zalmanek is an award-winning author dedicated to helping others ignite sparks in their relationships. In 1997 she founded Adventures of the…

Meredith “Kit” Bromfield is transformation specialist, author, advocate, investment advisor, an inspirational speaker, certified life coach, and…

Vincent Burke III is a cultural anthropologist and fiction writer who specializes in queer storytelling. His degree in Cultural Anthropology comes…

Brian S. Converse is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry. He lives with his wife, four kids, and two animals in the Front…

This local author is both Kate Peters, (raised in California and Hawaii, a solo adventurer to Fairbanks, Alaska “to see a winter,” the pioneering…

I am a science journalist and author of a book about the history of humanity's relationship with the Moon. I grew up in Denver, graduated from…

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let…

Angela Ricketts is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife, which offers a…

We have been in Colorado Springs since 2005, moving here from Castle Rock. I have lived in Colorado since 1967. I flew for the original Frontier…

Joyce Aubrey has been in Colorado Springs since 1995; an avid reader she has actively engaged PPLD. As a survivor of incest and family sharing,…

Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of the epic sci-fi series, The Crown's Call, which explores the onset and aftermath of a religious…

A wife and mother of two, Becca Hart felt the calling to be a writer at the tender age of fifteen. She earned her…

Taylor Stanecek has spent most of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He's currently a commercial property manager with a drive to write in…

Gary Penley has published four books: Rivers of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered (Filter Press, 1998; Pelican Publishing, 2003),

Best-selling author Mara Purl lives in Colorado Springs and in Los Angeles, and writes the Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, set on California's…

Nicholas S. Casale grew up in Palmer Lake, which is a small town in Colorado. Shortly thereafter, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history…

Amie Sharp lives in Colorado Springs and is an assistant professor at Pikes Peak Community College. Her chapbook The Sabine Women won the…

Doug Cook has spent over two thousand hours underwater exploring and photographing life in the oceans. He is retired from a thirty-four year…

I have lived in Colorado Springs for over twelve years after living in the South Pacific as well as Mongolia in Central Asia - and I love it here…

Ana Crespo is the author of The Sock Thief, a CCBC 2016 Choices book that tells the story of Felipe, a Brazilian boy who can't afford a…

I began writing while living in the Yucatan for 2 years, and became inspired by the Mayan ruins. I moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago…

John Bryan is a writer, composer, musician, actor and illusionist. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 1984 with his wife Michèle and is…

Born in Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, I have been a resident of southern Colorado since November 2011. I have written over 100 original stories…

I have a B.S. in Child Development and have been entertaining and teaching children for over 45 years. I have lived in Colorado for over 21 years…

It has been my immense pleasure to have lived in beautiful Colorado Springs since the summer of 1995 when my husband and I moved here after his…

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a…

Originally from Chicago, Gregory Barrington now lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He is the Author and Illustrator of the…

Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother of six, and writer of romance. She's the queen who runs her military household with punctuality, laughter, and the…

Mike Hamel is a storyteller by trade and the author/editor of more than 40…

My wife, Judi, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO with our two basset hounds, Zoë and Dexter, and Zeke, an American black-and-tan coonhound.

Mary Irwin is an expert on the topic of Noah’s Ark and has conducted more than 25 years of research on the subject. She traveled the world with…

Bekah Berge fell in love with all things mystical at a young age. Her love of stories led to her writing her first book in her early twenties, and…

Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental…

Joan was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved with her family to the Denver area where she met her high school sweetheart. Moving again to Hawaii…

Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo has lived in the Pikes Peak Region for over 20 years. She is a professor at Pikes Peak State College. She is a global…

Award-winning Children's Author, Elaine Pease, has three picture books, a middle grade novel GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK, the journey of a…

Bob and Kathy Wernly write as a team under the penname of Kathy Clark for our adult romantic suspense novels and Bob Kat for our YA romance/…

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping…

I moved to Colorado Springs in 1986. I ran a very large psychotherapy practice (counseling) until 1997 when I was sidelined for 12 years by a very…

A San Francisco native, Maria Faulconer is a children's author and freelance writer. Her latest book,…

Lisa Marie Thomas grew up as the child of an undercover narcotics agent and a secretary at the DA's office. Listening to stories about lives far…

I have been a Colorado Springs resident for over 20 years and have been a member of the Pikes Peak Library District for nearly as long. I have…

Pat Musick grew up in the house her father built at the edge of the Garden of the Gods. Her earliest artistic influences were her painter father…

Barbara Nickless is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Sydney Parnell crime novels. Her…

A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences…

My family moved to Colorado Springs in 1953. I graduated from Widefield High School and the University of Colorado. I have a Master's Degree in…

Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs with her family and her critters. When she isn’t writing or “momming,” she enjoys reading everything from…

Andria Williams is the author of The Longest Night (Random House, January 2016), a novel set among Army families in Idaho in the late…

Kirk's debut novel was an Indie Next Selection, and winner of a Colorado…

Bowen Gillings is an award-winning author writing to bring fun back to fiction…

Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eleven novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper…

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. The second book in her Demon’s Witch series, A…

Anna Blake trains horses and riders communication skills and dressage, and writes parables about horses and life.

Janyne McConnaughey, PhD, retired from a career in education that spanned forty years—from early-childhood educator to college professor—in order…

In 2001 I retired to Colorado Springs, drawn by the beautiful mountains and the presence of other retired missionaries in the area.

I started writing when I was young. I wrote short stories such as "I, ripper" and "Whose in the titanic?" But I never wrote a complete novel until…

At the age of 12 my family and I visited my brother while he was stationed at Ft. Carson. It was the first time that I ever saw mountains and in…

Roger moved out to Colorado Springs from the Washington, DC, area, in 1994, and has been here ever since. The whole family grew up here and still…

K.D. Huxman’s first love, after reading, was space. She wanted to be the first veterinarian astronaut. In college, she studied biology and was in…

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series The Cherokee Chronicles which has received widespread acclaim…

Patricia Coleman, aka P. R. Morris, is a critically acclaimed author of historical, amateur sleuth, and alternative history short stories and…

Native of Detroit, MI - former Roman Catholic priest - resident of Colorado Springs for 21 years

Arleen is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite…

Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, all born and raised in Colorado Springs, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her…

Jackie M. Johnson is an accomplished author and content creator who inspires, encourages, and equips readers worldwide with faith-based resources…

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The Pikes Peak Library District’s Local Authors Website lists published authors whose works are set in the Pikes Peak region, who live or work in the region, or who write about the area. Authors are recommended for the website by library staff, the authors themselves, or members of the community. The website is used both by the public and by the Library District when looking for a speaker on a particular topic or an author of interest. It is also an avenue for authors to introduce their books to the public, as well as connect with other writers and publishers in the Pikes Peak region. And, of course, the website can be used by anyone just to a find an interesting book to read by one of our talented local authors!