Twenty authors tell their tales |

Twenty authors tell their tales

by Caryn Haller

Shannon LitzHolly Van Valkenburgh shows an illustration from Linda Chamber's book, 'Inside my Grandma's Pocket' on Wednesday at the Douglas County Public Library author event. Chambers had her illustrator model the character after Van Valkenburgh.

Mystery writer Todd Borg sold out of his latest book “Tahoe Trap” within the first 30 minutes of authors’ night at the Douglas County Public Library on Wednesday.

“I brought 11 of the new ones. I knew I’d need at least five,” Borg said. “Oops, my mistake.”

Twenty authors from Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno met with readers, signed autographs and sold their books.

“It’s the best thing in the world,” Borg said. “For authors, going to a library is like going to church. It’s a sacred place.”

Minden resident Lynne Anderson and daughters Lola, 9, and Hannah Buckingham, 13, visit the library as often as possible.

“I’m surprised by how many local authors we have. I find it very inspiring,” Lynne said. “My kids love coming here to get books. We’re here every couple weeks.”

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Lola said her favorite author was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl.

“I like the entertainment,” she said. “He’s really creative.”

For children’s author Linda Chambers, coming to author night was a great opportunity to get out and meet her fans.

“One of my customers was a second-grade teacher. He liked my books and wants me to read to his class. It’s good exposure, and the people are interesting. They want to talk about the books and themselves. It’s fun,” Chambers said. ” A lot of authors are inside writing, so it’s good for us to get outside and meet people.”

Veronica Pardee, whose husband Skip was also an author at the event, bought one of Chambers’ books.

“This is great. I didn’t expect so many authors here. I’m still checking them all out,” the Minden resident said. “I’ve bought some books already. It’s good I’m getting some Christmas shopping done.”

Sandie LaNae has authored six books about the property of stones and the paranormal.

“I tell people that everybody’s got their own belief system and it is OK to not believe in ghosts because it is a scary subject,” LaNae said. “My books tell the living that those who have crossed over are just people living in a different dimension. They’re just like us.”

The Carson City resident is currently working on a book with Kim Copel called “A Walking Tour of Genoa, Nevada: Its History It’s Haunts.”

“It’s about history and paranormal in Genoa,” LaNae said. “That town is so old and has so much history. There’s founding fathers there, Stephen Kinsey, Judge D.W. Virgin. They like their town and want to make sure it stays clean and well taken care of.”

Taylor Sullivan, 12, waited for her mother to buy Elizabeth Leiknes’ books “The Understory” and “The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns.”

Leiknes is also Sullivan’s teacher at Carson Valley Middle School.

“Mom’s going to buy the book, but I can’t read it,” Taylor said. “She (Leiknes) doesn’t want us to.”

Carson City author Elizabeth Patterson has three books out in her children’s fantasy series, “Bonners Fairy.”

“I have a lot of juveniles who love the story. It’s nice to escape into a fairytale, take a break from reality and just read,” she said. “Book four I’m hoping to have out by February, and book five by the end of 2013.”

Reno author Ben Rogers enjoyed meeting the many book lovers who turned out for the event.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “Writers are quiet folk so it takes an event like this for them to come share their stories with everybody.”

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