Nancy Drew inspired contemporary women’s Western author – guest post from CK Thomas
Westerns, heroines, magic, monsters, and mayhem. If you’re a fiction fan or have book lovers on your shopping list, you’ll want to be with us THIS coming Saturday, Dec. 6th, as the inaugural Holiday Author Event takes place at The Pressroom (441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix 85003). More than 60 local authors will come together in one place for a fantastic book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight every sort of book lover. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are very pleased to have a guest post from one of the HAE’s participating authors. CK THOMAS is the author of the Arrowstar series. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet C.K., chat with her up close and personal, and pick up her latest book!
Arrowstar, Charade, and The Storm Women comprise the first three books of the Arrowstar Series written by yours truly, C.K. Thomas. My excitement for writing novels stems from my childhood, when reading the Nancy Drew books written by Carolyn Keene approached a craze akin to collecting and trading baseball cards. Nancy inspired me to long for adventure and showed me possibilities beyond the standard fare being served to girls in 1950s America. Writing in diaries and sending in poems and stories to teen magazines set me on a path toward making writing a part of my life in one way or another.
I worshiped the name Carolyn Keene and felt betrayed when I learned that she wasn’t a real author, but a group of writers hired to write the series. Far larger betrayals followed me into adult life and made me long to uncover the myths about love, marriage, and work that women of the 50s and 60s swallowed and believed with all their might. Ultimately I came to believe my writing mission constituted connecting with women who longed to break out of the stereotypical roles of womanhood and live life according to their own individual passions.
I’ve adopted the phrase, Take a chance – amaze yourself! as a rallying cry for myself and women who still feel tied to traditional roles. My time as a single mom raising three teenagers showed me the struggles women face at home and in the workplace. Determined to support my family and return to college to finish my bachelor’s degree, I continued to attend night classes, and when the kids were grown, I returned to university full-time to complete my degree. I majored in women’s studies and English, with the intention of writing for and about women. I wanted to foster courage and also give women an escape into the kind fiction that would not only entertain, but provide a stress-relieving balm. That’s why I chose the tag line for the series:
Join the Adventure … Read the Arrowstar Series.
Honor Bound became my first attempt at writing a novel. A copyeditor and a photo librarian, both co-workers at Phoenix Newspapers, mentored me throughout that first writing process. Debut novels often lean toward the autobiographical, even with a boat-load of fiction thrown into the mix, and mine followed along those lines as well. There seem to be a myriad of burning topics swimming around in a novice author’s head just waiting for their first opportunity at expression. Once those thoughts receive the attention they’ve been craving, an author – at least this author – feels free to pursue the wider depths of imagination longing for discovery. In those depths of imagination I found a long-buried passion for the Wild West that morphed into the creation of the small Arizona mining town of Mineral City, located somewhere in the ranching and agricultural region near Willcox.
From this backdrop rich in old mining claims, ghost towns, fruit orchards, and ranchland emerged the personalities of Star, Kat, Ricki, Carla, Dusky, and Margaretta, all women in search of their own particular passions and adventures. These women and the other characters of Arrowstar have become my closest friends and companions in search of what makes us who we are as Wild West women. I’d love to introduce you to these plucky and intelligent women when we meet at the Holiday Author Event on Saturday, December 6th in Phoenix. When you stop by, be sure to drop your name and email address into the pot to win all three books in the Arrowstar Trilogy. I’ll be happy to tell you about the next book in the series, to be published in 2015, A Train Robber’s Tale. I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning all about the kinds of books that inspire and entertain you.
CK Thomas, author of the Arrowstar series. Purchase her books at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon, and Smashwords (ebook versions).
Follow CK Thomas’ blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.
We look forward to seeing you SATURDAY!
PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 60+ other local authors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several first-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 200 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Book giveaways on the half-hour! Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at HolidayAuthorEvent.com.
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