Author Interview: Marilyn Johnson, pen name Sue Snow

January 26, 2018

Marilyn Johnson has been active in literary arts for several years. She is a member of the Kansas Authors Club and is the Publicity and Writers in the Community Chairs. She has also served as Secretary for District 3, southeast Kansas of the Kansas Authors Club and is presently the Membership Chair for District 3. Besides the book Little Magpie and the Wild Pony Hunt, she is working on a sequel to that book as well as an adult time travel book, "Dancing In Time" book one of her Time Keeper series. Marilyn and her husband Ace of 17 years owned and operated Glencliff Farm Bed Breakfast and Spa for five years. She ran the day spa and trained several massage therapists over the years, offering a full range of day spa packages. She and her husband sold the Bed and Breakfast in 2004 and Marilyn resumed a private massage practice in Independence until 2014 during which time she retired and has worked on her writing full time since then. In 2017 she organized the Independence Inksmith Writers group that meets every 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00 at Ane Maes Coffee and Sandwich shop in Independence. Each meeting features a program with guest speaker on one of the many areas of writing from fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, journalism, self-publishing and social media marketing just to name a few. The meetings are open to the public and there are neither dues nor formal membership.


Author Interview: Collette Reichenberger

December 8, 2017

Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger are the co-authors of two children’s historical fiction books, and their blog is found at

Their books Cameos of Courage and Cameos of Strength can be purchased at Magnolia Scents by Design, 106 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Independence, KS 67301 or by calling (620) 331-8900. Check out their website: Magnolia Scents by Design

Their books are also available at Sayers Ace Hardware Inc., 314 N. Penn Ave, Independence, KS 67301 or by calling (620) 331-1690.

The books can also be purchased on amazon.


Author Interview: Cherilyn Hindle Hearn

November 30, 2017
Wife & mother from California, been in southeast Kansas about fourteen years. Bachelors Degree from Wichita State. Written fourteen books in various genre, but women's and literary fiction is my favorite. Currently working on crime/mystery called Picasso's Son...set to be completed by November for a pitch conference in NYC. Coming soon... Black Bay Mornings (women's fiction) and Pretty Hard - From Frump City to Trophy Wife. In my spare time I love cooking, research projects and anything artsy.
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Author Interview: Hazel Spire

November 30, 2017

Hazel Spire was born and raised in England and she came to the US after meeting her GI husband in Iran.  Her first YA mystery, SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE (Royal Fireworks 2001), takes place amid the turmoil of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Her second novel, ARROWHEAD’S LOST HOARD (P3 Press 2008), is about kids finding Roman treasure on a fictional British island.

Hazel has self-published three poetry chapbooks: HOMEWARD TRACKS, TAPESTRY OF TIME, and KALEIDOSCOPE. The poems range in style, from sonnet to haiku to free verse to limerick. Subjects include family, faith, nature, and parody. 60+ pieces, printed in a variety of magazines, have won awards from Kansas Voices, Astra Arts Festival, and more.

Seven years ago, Hazel retired from full-time teaching in Texas and moved to Sedan, KS, where she is illustrating an ABC of London and writing a memoir based on recipes. Her other interests are crafts, music, photography, and reading. 


Community Organization: Independence Diversity Task Force

August 31, 2017
To promote diversity in the Independence Community.

Our Goals:
In the spirit of inclusiveness, there will be 10 leaders representing diverse populations serving on board in the community by the end of 2011.

In the spirit of inclusiveness, there will be 10 leaders representing diverse populations completing Leadership Independence by the end of 2011.

The Independence Diversity Task Force was created by Leadership Independence to help promote diversity in the Independence, KS community. We begin this process with a Diversity Summit on April 4, 2009 bringing members from our community for many different walks of life to gather. We continue to promote diversity through a variety of events. If you are experiencing a problem, concern, or have an idea in regards to diversity please let us know.

Oral History: Bertha May LaSalle

July 26, 2017

Bertha May LaSalle was born July 13, 1923, "on a clap of thunder" according to her mother. She was named after her maternal grandmother. Bertha is an active and vibrant member of the community.


Interview : Indie Hip-Hop Artist MC Lars

July 14, 2017

This interview took place on 4/30/2015, at the Independence Public Library. MC Lars came to Independence as part of the Big Read Grant, April-June 2015, a community-wide celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. He gave a workshop with students at Independence High School and performed that evening for the community.


Author Interview: Judy Carroll

June 30, 2017

Judy Carroll grew up on a working farm in Kansas. After college, she worked in Wichita for Channel 8, KPTS and as a paralegal. After moving to Independence, Kansas, Carroll worked at a variety of part-time jobs before working as a paralegal for 28 years. She and her husband, Dan, are the parents of four children and have eight, soon to be nine, grandchildren.

These short pieces are taken from my blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry. As the mother of four and grandmother of eight, family is important to me. Laughter is important in a family, and whether, it is important or not, laundry is also a part of family life.

To Catch a Mouse

Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Spider?

What’s for Dinner?

A Remote Emergency

And How was your Day?

When Nature comes Calling

The Joys of Youth 

Beautiful Freedom

Carroll’s blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry is found at

Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger are the co-authors of Cameos of Courage, a children’s historical fiction book, and their blog is found at