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Two local authors, Inez Ross and Theresa Sanchez Cornwell, will participate in a book signing from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Science Museum and Bookstore.
Sanchez Cornwell will sign her debut book of poetry, “Sometimes Blue Rain Falls in my Techinicolor World” while Ross will promote her book, “Sotherton Abbey,” a novel that places Jane Austin’s classic story in Santa Fe.
Sanchez Cornwell said her book is about life, death and fantasy.
She credits her son, David, for giving her the encouragement she needed to write the book.
She and her husband, Fred, have lived in Los Alamos for 45 years. Sanchez Cornwell said she has been writing poetry for at least 50 years although she put her writing on hold while she and her husband raise six children.
Additionally, she and her husband ran Cornwell’s Gallery for 16 years, which showcased Southwest art and Fred’s original jewelry.
Ross is the author of numerous books including “The Strange Disappearance of Uncle Dudley: A Child’s Story of Los Alamos,” “The Bear and The Castle: The James Oliver Curwood Story,” “The Adobe Castle: A Southwest Gothic Romance,” “Without a Wagon: Hiking into History,” “Perilous Persuit on the Santa Fe Trail,” “Persuaded: A Great Lakes Story” and “Tales From a Teacher: As Told by Lucille McCleskey.”
Ross wrote “Sotherton Abbey” as part of the LA Writers Group Challenge, which is inspired by the national NovNoMo challenge. The local writing group does the challenge each year in January to encourage its members to reach a writing goal.
Ross wrote “Sotherton Abbey” last summer and includes familiar local sites such as the Valles Caldera and the Santa Fe Trail. Maryjane Giesler of the University of Los Alamos and Joan Ray, author of “Jane Austen for Dummies,” endorsed the book,
Ross lived on a farm in Michigan and attended Michigan State University. She and her husband lived in Wyoming before moving to Los Alamos where Ross taught high school English.
Peggy Durbin, co-owner of Otowi Station, said she is eager to have both authors sign their books at the store.
“We’re always excited to have local authors in the store and we’re especially delighted with Theresa’s debut book of poetry. I think it’s exciting for her and for us,” Durbin said. “And Inez has always been a good friend to the store. We carry all her books.”