Two local women have achieved a dream come true by becoming published authors.
They will sign copies of their books in the near future.
Bradley said the book’s themes are geared toward children who are middle-school age.
The book’s main characters “Henry and Dylan Wilder along with their friend Arla are 13 and going into eighth grade,” she said. Bradley said her book is a mystery that follows Henry and Dylan Wilder.
Only murder would stop the Wilder boys’ hunt for gold. It’s not the first time gold hunting or murder has happened on Rainy Lake.
The gold rush of 1893 died quickly, but during Prohibition, liquid gold brought big money to anyone willing to bootleg Canadian whiskey across the lake. Henry Wilder is excited to spend the whole summer at the family cabin, Wilder’s Edge. His cousin Dylan’s new scheme to find gold at an old mine first sounds good, but goes dangerously wrong.
An 80-year-old mystery unfolds enticing Henry, Dylan and their friend Arla to find an answer.
Bradley said she started writing seriously after retiring four years ago as a radiological technologist.
“I believe that children in middle school still like the feel of turning the pages of a good book,” said Bradley. “I would hope a child would pick up my book and cozy up by the fireplace and read a good mystery.”
There are no illustrations in “Wilder’s Edge.”
“Wilder’s Edge” will be available on barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, Bradley said.
A book that sat on Marie E. Bubelenyi’s bookshelf for more than 12 years will now be available for children in preschool to third grade.
“Alfred the Alligator visits Mount Vernon” is a children’s book that looks into the history of Mount Vernon and the first president, George Washington.
Bubelenyi, of Mishawaka, said Alfred the Alligator is a hand puppet that she took along with her on a tour of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington near Washington, D.C., in 1999.
“I took Alfred with me and as we toured Mount Vernon I took pictures of him in the garden, farm and most all the buildings outside because you are not allowed to take pictures inside,” Bubelenyi said.
“What’s interesting is Alfred’s personality is goofy, he enjoys reading and learning, and he never speaks out loud only in people’s ears.”
“So as we toured each place, I talked as we learned more about the father of the United States of America and the president’s beloved home.”
“The idea of writing a book came when I submitted our tour to a contest C-SPAN sponsored called C-SPAN’s American Presidents Contest. It was to be based on what you’ve learned from C-SPAN’s ‘American Presidents: Life Portraits’ series. I was to create a portrait of one of the 41 presidents using words, video, website design, music or art.”
“I won an honorable mention,” said Bubelenyi. “After that the book sat for years, and I would pull it out once or twice a year for my class.”
She teaches at Mishawaka Catholic Schools St. Bavo’s campus.
“A few years ago I met a gentleman who had read the book and encouraged me to send it to publishing company,” she said. “I found Mascot Publishing and they did all the work for me and now it’s published.”
“Alfred the Alligator visits Mount Vernon” is illustrated by James Balkovek. It’s 38 pages and the cost is $14.95.
The book is being sold by barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.
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