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Author Interview: Liz Moore

Author Interview: Liz Moore

January 25, 2018
Liz Moore is the author of a weekly newspaper column titled "Moore or Less" that appears on Sundays in the Independence Daily Reporter.
 
Liz was born in Independence, graduated from high school at IHS and received a journalism degree from Kansas State. The first 10 years of her career were spent as a reporter, editor and photographer for newspapers in the cities of Arlington and Abilene, Texas, and Marysville, Kansas. Later she moved into non-profit communications and was the national communications director for the Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States (The Arc) in Arlington for 18 years. She was also the communications manager for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and in 2003, moved to Washington, D.C. for a seven-year stint with the public affairs office of national Easter Seals.
 
In 2011, Liz published a book titled, "Making It Home, My Year as a Middle-Aged Runaway," about a career break, an adventurous year of travel and working wage-earning jobs in locales across the United States. Here book can be purchased at the following locations:

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

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, 123 N 8th St, Independence, KS 67301.

The book can also be purchased on amazon.

 
Another "homecoming" was her return to her hometown of Independence to settle in 2008. In the years since, she has been the site director at the Little House on the Prairie Museum and the executive director of Independence Main Street. Retiring in 2016, Liz remains an advocate for small-town ways of life. She is a busy volunteer, primarily for arts-and-culture causes. She likes cats, newspapers, coffee, movies, cooking and friendships.

 

Six Table Stories: Not His Cat by James D. Fischer

Six Table Stories: Not His Cat by James D. Fischer

January 25, 2018

This is the eleventh episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, and the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

Author Reading: Cameos of Courage by Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger, Callie Mae: The Adventurous Exoduster - Episode 1

Author Reading: Cameos of Courage by Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger, Callie Mae: The Adventurous Exoduster - Episode 1

December 8, 2017

This is the ninth in a series of readings from the following children's book by Independence, Kansas authors Collette Reichenberger and Judith A. Carroll.

Cameos of Courage Paperback – Unabridged, 2017

by Collette L. Reichenberger (Author), Judith A. Carroll (Author)

Cameos of Courage is set in Kansas and covers a span from the 1850's - 1870's. There are four stories within the first book of the series, Under the Cottonwood Tree. The book follows four ten-year-old girls making a home in Kansas: an abolitionist, an Osage Indian, an Exoduster, and a homesteader. Each book features a character trait the young girls develop.

The book Cameos of Courage 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

Sayers Ace Hardware, 314 N Penn Ave, Independence, KS 67301, (620) 331-1690

Ane Mae's Gifts and Goodies, 325 N Pennsylvania Ave, Independence, KS 67301, (620) 330-9612.

The book can also be purchased on amazon.

Author Interview: Collette Reichenberger

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 www.onceupontheprairieblog.wordpress.com

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.

Oral History: Jackie “Jack” Eugene Brannum

Oral History: Jackie “Jack” Eugene Brannum

December 8, 2017

Jack Brannum was born during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and moved as a toddler to Russell, Kansas, home of Robert Dole. Jack graduated from Russell High School in 1951 and moved to Independence, Kansas, where he met June, his future wife. Jack joined the United States Army and is a Korean War Veteran. When Jack came back from Korea, he and June were married and they had 3 children. Jack has always tried to live his life by his father's rule: "always give them 110% to their 100%," giving them more than what is expected. Jack and June lived for a time in Pella, Iowa and this year they returned to Independence, Kansas.

Here is Jack's yearbook photo as a senior at Russell High School, class of 1951.

 

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Author Interview: Cherilyn Hindle Hearn

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 Reading: Blind and Willing Chapter 1 by Cherilyn Hindle Hearn

Author Reading: Blind and Willing Chapter 1 by Cherilyn Hindle Hearn

November 30, 2017

Blind and Willing is currently being read by publishers. We will update when purchase information becomes available.

Stories by J. L. Warnock:Cereal

Stories by J. L. Warnock:Cereal

November 30, 2017

Cereal is from the book More Abraham and Isaac by J. L. Warnock, available soon. When completed the book 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

Books can also be purchased on amazon

Author Interview: Hazel Spire

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. 

Author Reading: Arrowhead’s Lost Hoard by Hazel Spire

Author Reading: Arrowhead’s Lost Hoard by Hazel Spire

November 30, 2017

Jealousy threatens to spoil Craig's summer vacation with his stepfamily in England.  But unless the kids work together, how will they find the long-hidden treasures of Arrowhead Island? From cliff top to farmhouse to castle ruins, join Craig, Tony, Kim, and Fiona on an unforgettable and exciting adventure!

In Arrowhead's Lost Hoard "Immediately, you sink right into the book and your interest is kept until the very last page.  Its clever balance of suspense and humor along with its credible characters will surely be a hit." - Jennifer Leese.

"Hazel Spire's use of imagery gives a vivid portrait of people and places in this delightful novel for young readers. I can't wait to read it to my students." - Susan See

Arrowhead's Lost Hoard 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

The book can also be purchased by contacting the author: Hazel Spire

Six Table Stories: Brothers by James D. Fischer

Six Table Stories: Brothers by James D. Fischer

November 29, 2017

This is the tenth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, and the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

Six Table Stories: Nurse Jane and Nurse Allegra by James D. Fischer

Six Table Stories: Nurse Jane and Nurse Allegra by James D. Fischer

November 29, 2017

This is the ninth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, and the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.