WWA Convention Kansas City

Just returned from another great convention put on by the Western Writers of America. This year it was held in Kansas City. My hubby and I took our 16-year old grandson, Jack Kimbler, along to share the twelve hour drive. Jack has his learner’s permit, and did very well on the trip, logging about ten […]

Book Clubs Near and Far

Loved attending Claire Steen’s book club on a cold (brrrr!) Thursday night in January. We feasted on homemade borscht and a discussion on Shelterbelts, their book for January.  It was extra special having my daughter, Faith Kimbler join the discussion.  She and Claire Steen go way back, as Claire was one of Faith’s favorite high […]

School Presentations are the Best

This past week I visited 9th and 10th graders at Pillager High School. They had just finished reading ABERCROMBIE TRAIL and were enthusiastic with their questions and responses. If you’ve heard my presentations, you know that I started writing historical fiction set in Minnesota so that readers would learn more about their history.  I like […]

Guest Blogger Charlie Johnson Reviews Shelterbelts

BOOK REVIEW of SHELTBERBELTS By Charlie Johnson: SHELTERBELTS By Candace Simar 267 pages Published by North Star Press My taste in reading favors people; real people. I’m not much for murder mysteries or romances. Give me ordinary folks who live ordinary lives but yet have their own stories to tell. You can’t get much more ordinary […]

Shelterbelts Named a Finalist in the Willa Literary Awards for Historical Fiction

I’m honored to be named a finalist in this year’s Willa Literary Awards for Historical Fiction.  It’s like getting a silver or bronze at the Olympics, and I couldn’t be happier.  The best of all is that I get to make an unexpected trip to the Women Writing the West Convention in Santa Fe, NM, […]


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