South County Beat: Bookstore promotes local authors

Correction: An earlier version of this story should have said that Irene Chadwick, not her mother, was the 10th of 12 children. In addition, her mother was sent to a tuberculosis sanitorium.

Local authors from SLO NightWriters converged on Nan’s Bookstore in Grover Beach one evening for a book-signing event.

Owner Nan Fowler, wanting to promote local writers, had the concept of inviting local authors to present their books at the store.

She found NightWriters online and sent an email inquiry. Photographer Dennis Eamon Young and author Susan Tuttle responded, rounding up several other writers.

Author Evelyn Cole of Arroyo Grande was one of the participants. She published “Gambling for Good Mail” in 2007, and a recent novel, “Underbelly: Dr. Jacquelyn and Mrs. Hyde,” centers on a maid from Worcester, Mass., who fakes her references to get hired by a college professor in nearby Northboro.

Cole is marketing another new book, “Hurricane Love,” about euthanasia. She also recently published a book of poetry, “From a Train Window,” which includes “public, personal, funny, angry and love poems.”

A retired school teacher, Cole has a master’s degree in literature and creative writing. She can be reached at 473-0230.

B.J. Scott of Nipomo writes historical novels with strong female protagonists during the 1850-1900 era.

His latest novel, “Light on a Distant Hill,” features a 16-year-old mail-order bride on her way to meet her future husband.

The U.S. cavalry massacres more than 200 Shoshone Indians. The heroine is separated from her group, wanders through Idaho wilderness, stumbles upon a Shoshone camp and is taken into custody by the chief.

He marries her and she becomes an “Indian.” More adventures ensue when she meets up with her former husband-to-be.

Scott writes his novels from the Indians’ point of view and weaves in historical events. He turns around the concept of Manifest Destiny, where whites believed it was divine will to conquer the American West and “they ran roughshod over native cultures.” He can be reached at 878-8029.

Irene Kooi Chadwick of Arroyo Grande wrote “Iowa Images” as a memoir for her mother. It chronicles the lives of three generations of Dutch immigrants in Iowa, including the World War II era.

Chadwick was the 10th of 12 children. The older ones joined the war effort, leaving the five youngest on the farm with “Pa,” while their mother was sent to a tuberculosis sanatorium. It’s a true story about war-time on an Iowa farm, living life under strict church rules.

Chadwick has also written a book of poetry, “Dawn Pearl,” about her travels around the world as a freelance travel writer and photographer. She can be reached at irenekooi@gmail.com.

David Brandin of Nipomo writes stories of political intrigue. His most recent novel, “The Lodge: a Tale of Corruption,” contains suspense, greed and love. It centers around the Central Coast and features conspiracy within a charitable organization.

Brandin, a retired mathematician and computer scientist, moved from Northern California six months ago.

Other books he has published are: “The Horns of Moses,” based on a Michelangelo sculpture of Moses with horns on his head in rome, and “The Miracle of Alvito,” a book of short stories. He can be reached at www.thehornsofmoses.com.

Other writers present were Susan Tuttle, Dawn Cerf and Nancy Temple Rodrigue. Most of the books can be found at Amazon.com.

Gayle Cuddy’s column appears in the South County Beat every other week. Anyone with story ideas involving interesting people in the South County can reach Gayle Cuddy at 489-1026 or nightengayles@aol.com.