Nevada Authors

Nevada FlagWelcome to Nevada Authors.

I am starting to develop a list of interviews of Nevada authors who have been published. The page and information will surely change as information and interviews are collected. I hope you enjoy. Authors include:

Non-fiction: Rene Averett

Children: Ryan Shea (pending update)

Young Adult: Jacci Turner, Carol Purroy (pending update), and Francie Forsythe (pending update)

Romantic Mystery: MaryAnn Kemper (relocated from Nevada; pending update)

Dark Fantasy: Leanna Folconer

 

Alphabetical listing of authors by their last name:

Rene Averett

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Rene Averett, author

Genre: Cooking, Technical, moving into fiction

Rene Averett blogs regularly on her Skinny Girl Bistro site where she shares information about low carb foods, living a low carb lifestyle, and many recipes. She has published three low carb cookbooks. She moseyed west from El Paso, Texas a good many years ago. After living in the fast lane in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, she settled in Reno, Nevada in 1977. A technical writer for most of her career, she now pursues her passion for creative writing as an author and e-book publisher under Pynhavyn Press. She is a member of the Fiction Writers Group and the High Sierra Writers.

She loves the view of both the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Virginia City Foothills from her house in South Reno that she shares with her long time companion, a dog, and four cats. She attempts a bit of gardening, loves to read, and writes fantasy and paranormal mystery novels under Lillian I Wolfe.

Member of HSW and Fiction Writers

L.F. Falconer

LF Falconer (Nevada)L.F. Falconer, author 

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Dark Fantasy author L.F. Falconer delivers riveting adventures, keeping her readers on the edge of their seats while gently fusing make-believe with real-life experience. A member of High Sierra Writers, and Churchill Arts Council, her publishing credits include: six novels of dark fantasy; one collection of macabre short stories; publication in Weirdbook Magazine and Weeping Cherry International Review.  Her novel, The Vagabond’s Son placed as Finalist in Epic Fantasy in Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and she has earned numerous small awards in both the USA and the UK.

A wife, mother, and grandmother, she resides in her home state of Nevada where she enjoys challenging Mother Nature in gardening duels, and exploring the roads less traveled.

Member of HSW

Carol Petersen Purroy/Francie Forsythe

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Carol Petersen Purroy, author 

Genre: How-to, Historical Fiction

Francie Forsythe, author 

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Carol Petersen Purroy has taught memoir writing for more than a quarter of a century and has published 3 books on that subject: Your Life Oughta Be a Book; Your Legacy; and That’s Life-Many Mini-Memoirs. She maintains that your life stories are the most important thing you’ll ever write. Through her classes and books she’s inspired, encouraged and guided many many hundreds of people to write theirs. She’s also written Your Ethical Will & Testament, a related subject, and Miss Rogers Stinks, a historical middle-grade novel, 1/2 fiction-1/2 autobiography.
Francie Forsythe has written and published her fictional works, Tiara-A girl’s search for her true identity; and The Genuine Article-a tale of mistaken identity, betrayal, revenge gone awry, and true love.
More books are in the works by Carol Purroy and “Francie Forsythe.”
Member of HSW group

Jacci Turner

Jacci Turner image 2016-0515Jacci Turner, best selling author of Bending Willow and The Cage

Genre: young adult and middle grade fiction

Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada’s high desert. They spend their mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.

Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly.

Jacci’s YA book, Cracker, just received a Red Ribbon Award from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Her book, Bending Willow, about Riley and Mia in search of a father who doesn’t know they exist, has been on Amazon’s top 100 Middle Grade Action/Adventure list since it came out and represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. in 2013. Bending Willow is the first book in The Finding Home Series. In addition to sharing her stories about Riley and Mia, Jacci is the author The Cage, another Amazon best-selling young adult novel and the first book in The Birthright series.

Member of HSW

4 thoughts on “Nevada Authors”

  1. Interview with Jacci Turner
    Publisher – Lucky Bat Books
    Genre – Young adult and Middle Grade Fiction
    Web – http://jacciturner.com/
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacci-Turner/162842543809329

    Recognition:

    Jacci is a renowned author. Bending Willow, which was noticed by local, northern Nevada librarians before it had been officially launched, has won the privilege of representing Nevada at the National Book fair in Washington D.C. in September 2013. Also, since its launch four weeks ago, it has stayed on Amazon’s best-selling list for top 100 Middle Grade action adventure books!

    Our interview:

    1. What is your book about (your deep meaning; not the back cover)?

    My current book, Bending Willow, is the first book in The Finding home series. It is about the longing we all have to belong and have a family.

    2. What inspired you and/or why do you write?

    A friend, with younger girls, was lamenting that her girls were too young to read Hunger Games. She said, “Why doesn’t someone write an adventure with a strong female lead, for my girl’s age. And I was off!

    3. What is your favorite character or issue in your current book and why?

    I love Riley because she is strong and brave even though she doesn’t see herself that way. We all have this “life work” to grow into who we were created to be.

    4. What did not make it into the current book?

    I pictured the story going into Riley and Mia’s future life. But it didn’t and that is why it became a series.

    5. If there is a sequel, tell me about it?

    In book two, which is nearly ready for my editor, we explore Riley’s continued search for self and belonging in a small town with new friends.

    6. Tell me about your Nevada residence?

    My husband and I have been here nearly 30 years. We came for a job that was supposed to last three years, and never left. It is a great place to live!

    7. Anything you want to add?

    I use Nevada settings in my books. My first books, The Birthright Series, all take place at local area high schools. And Bending Willow starts in Reno, then goes through Burning Man on its way to Idaho.

    Thanks for the interview!!

  2. Interview with author Francie Forsythe and editor Carol Purroy
    Publisher – A-Z Publishing (A-ZPublishing.com)
    Genre – Fiction, based on a true story. Contemporary Young Adult fiction
    Web – CarolPurroy.com
    Facebook – http://www.Facebook.com/CarolPurroy

    Recognition:

    Francie has two books, which she co-authored, listed on Amazon.com: Tiara and Stone of Heaven

    Carol has taught memoir and creative writing at TMCC and senior facilities. She founded Nevada Storytellers Network and Writers of the Purple Sage Publishing Consortium. She is on the Board of High Sierra Writers. She recently launched a Nevada-based online magazine for boomers and seniors: http://www.GoldenAgersRock.com.

    Our Interview:

    1. What is your book about (your deep meaning; not the back cover)?

    Regarding Tiara, Tiara learns that no matter how bad things are you can make a difference, and when life knocks you down you get back up stronger.

    2. What inspired you and/or why do you write?

    Tiara, which is totally fiction, was nonetheless inspired by a true story. I write because it fulfills me. I can’t think of living without writing.

    3. What is your favorite character or issue in your current book and why?

    Tiara Nolan, 16 at the story’s start, endures loss, shock, grief, abuse, bullying and disappointment, but learns to believe in herself and be true to herself while making a difference at home and school, and searching for her birth parents. She confronts and is confronted by many issues – some relevant mainly to teens, others to all humans – including adoption, foster care, domestic violence, parenting, battered women, tattoos, drugs, romance, teen sex, peer pressure, attempted murder, becoming a fugitive, perseverance, defending the weak, and making a difference.

    4. What did not make it into the current book?

    There is no gratuitous violence or profanity, and no erotic scenes, but plenty of tension and conflict in Tiara.

    5. If there is a sequel, tell me about it?

    No sequel is planned at this time (subject to change without notice).

    6. Tell me about your Nevada residence?

    She moved to Reno, NV in 2001. Since arriving in Nevada she has written and published 6 books: 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction.

    7. Do you use any Nevada settings in your book?

    In Tiara, the novel begins and ends in northern Nevada. Tiara’s parents, seniors at Virginia City High, give her up for adoption at birth. The intervening years are spent in Cleveland, OH, but Tiara returns to Lake Tahoe Music Camp and then Reno to search for her birth parents.

    8. Anything you want to add?

    Tiara grabs you by the emotions on Page 1 and doesn’t let go until The End.

    Thanks for the interview

  3. Interview with Ryan Shea
    Publisher – Tate Publishing
    Genre – Children’s humor/fantasy
    Web – bongoandbob@tateauthor.com
    Facebook – The Adventures of Bob, To Doodledip for Soup

    Our Interview:

    1. What is your book about (your deep meaning; not the back cover)?

    Just having kids being able to read a very funny quirky book, no lesson, just fun! A crazy space adventure, a bad bowl of soup, a grumpy purple space cat, and a temper throwing king.

    2. What inspired you and/or why do you write?

    Actually, just two young children that were very board on a car trip and I came up with Bongo the purple servant space cat and Bob. I’ve always had a crazy imagination. I wrote my story because it is one of a kind.

    3. What is your favorite character or issue in your current book and why?

    I like Bongo. This cat is unpredictable, grumpy, doesn’t follow rules, and will eat all your food in the house. He’s a menace.

    4. What did not make it into the current book?

    I cut out a page of Bob falling off the space chairs during dinner and to stay on the the chair (they originally wobbled like jello), he had to scream: I love doodlesoup!

    5. If there is a sequel, tell me about it?

    Yes, it will continue the crazy adventures of Bongo and Bob on Earth; Bob is stuck with this space cat and needs to teach Bongo house rules and keeping the donuts safe. Let’s just say there is a lot of donut throwing, rule breaking, and mud!

    6. Tell me about your Nevada residence?

    I currently live in Fernley where I am a school counselor for Lyon County Schools; 12 years now!

    7. Do you use any Nevada settings in your book? Nope

    8. Anything you want to add?

    Kids that have this book have said, along with their mom’s, it is their favorite. It’s a great fit for 2nd through 4th grade and has a free audio book download that can be redeemed at Tatepublishing.com with purchase of book. My son is 5 and he loves to hear me read this book and the audio book is awesome too.

  4. Interview with MaryAnn Kemper

    Publisher – Amazon
    Genre – Romantic mystery
    Web – http://mkempher.com
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?ref=hl
    Twitter – @maryannkempher
    Other – http://www.pinterest.com/maryannkempher/great-christmas-gift-mocha-moonlight-and-murder/

    Recognition

    Recently featured in Reno Magazine, the Nov/Dec 2013 issue.

    Release date: Forever Doomed – on or about December 2, 2013

    Our interview:

    1. What is your book about (your deep meaning; not the back cover)?

    This is really good murder mystery/who-done it. No deep meaning. This is one of those books that you should read twice, because everything takes on a different meaning once you know the outcome.

    2. What inspired you and/or why do you write?

    I love writing mystery, it’s so much fun for me.

    3. What is your favorite character or issue in your current book and why?

    In my current book, hmm—probably Nene and Gaga Albright. They are minor characters, but they’re funny and they eat lots of junk food. So I kind of live through them.

    4. What did not make it into the current book?

    It’s not so much that someone or something didn’t make into this book, it’s more like the whole book changed from its original conception. However, aspects of my original idea will be used for book three.

    5. If there is a sequel, tell me about it?

    Yes, in book three, former detective Jack Harney is now partners with Curt Noble in a private detective agency. Curt is framed for murder, Jack must clear his name. So much more than this to the story, but this is just a hint.

    6. Tell me about your Nevada residence?

    I grew up in northern Nevada before I moved to the south. I feel like the story ties me to my Nevada past.

    7. Do you use any Nevada settings in your book?

    My first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder was set in Reno. Book two takes place on a cruise ship. Book three is back in Reno.

    8. Anything you want to add?

    I think, if you like a good/fun mystery, you’ll love Forever Doomed. Think Janet Evanovich meets Agatha Christie.

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