Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Candace Simar - Poet, Novelist, Inspirational Writer
by Candace Simar
"Abercrombie Trail, Candace Simar's first-rate debut novel, beautifully captures the wild unpredictability of nineteenth-century immigrant life out on the Great Plains." Diana Ossana is an American Academy Award-winning writer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry. Diana and Larry received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain.
"Endlessly fascinating….The ultimate ‘I was there’ book. I have read many books about Scandinavians coming to America in the turbulent 1860s, but thanks to author Candace Simar, this is the first time I was ever transported from my easy chair right into the book to experience it with them. The images of courage, cruelty, intolerance, discovery, and simple pleasures have stayed with me. This is one book I won’t forget." Jack Koblas, author of Let Them Eat Grass Trilogy.
Candace Simar is a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Ultimate Christmas, Dust & Fire, Talking Stick, Lake Country Journal, Her Voice Magazine, Bylines, and numerous online publications. As a life-long Minnesotan and the grandchild of immigrants, Candace nurtures a passion for Minnesota history. One sultry Fourth of July, she was shocked to learn how little her adult children knew about the 1862 Minnesota Sioux Uprising. Her children, all born and educated in Minnesota schools and universities, thought it a minor skirmish in New Ulm... "You ought to write a book," her son said.
As a result, Candace started researching primary and secondary sources for 1862 Minnesota. She didn't have to go far. Her great-grandfather drove the stagecoach from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years directly after the Sioux Uprising. ABERCROMBIE TRAIL is the story of Evan Jacobson--the story that might have been her great grandfather’s had he arrived sooner.
Visit Candy's website at http://www.candacesimar.com/ to see her other fiction and poetry books.