Author Rosemary Vaughn, the pen name of seasonal lakes area resident Shirley Greves, will appear from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at the Pequot Lakes Community Library to discuss her new book titled "Penny for Your Thoughts."
The book is a sequel to her award-winning debut novel "Love on the Misty Isles."
Vaughn will discuss her new novel and answer questions about both books, their connection to one another, her writing process and background.
Vaughn was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. She and her husband lived for two
years on the former Queen Charlotte Islands off the northwest coast of Canada, now officially
known as Haida Gwaii, meaning "islands of the people," a news release stated. Vaughn used this setting for her book "Love on the Misty Isles." The twists and turns of the plot that her readers say make it a page-turner revolve around three intertwining love stories that cross generations, cultures and borders, the news release stated.
"Love in the title, however, refers to more than romance," the author said in the news release. "It includes the close relationship among friends, the admiration of the Haida First Nation, its culture and talent, and the rugged, pristine beauty of the environment."
Toward the end of Vaughn's debut novel, three characters discover they all had originally come
from the fictional town of Crocus Plains on the Canadian prairies. In her sequel, Vaughn introduces a new character, Penny Ryan, who lives in Crocus Plains, which becomes the main setting of the novel. Because Penny knew the characters when they lived in her prairie town, the novel becomes a prequel as well as a sequel to "Love on the Misty Isles."
Because her readers had begged for the sequel, Vaughn said she chose the title "Penny for Your Thoughts" because she was giving the character, Penny, and her life to her readers for their thoughts while reading.
Vaughn and her family immigrated to the northern plains of the United States in the mid-1970s. One of her goals in writing the sequel was to inform readers about the similarities and differences of everyday life in both countries. The feedback she is receiving has confirmed her achievement of this goal as well as readers being able to relate to the characters' lives on the prairies.
Vaughn spends her summers in lakes area and winters in Florida, thus she has adopted the title of "Pine to Palm Writer."
The author will be available for a book signing, and both novels will be available for purchase. Vaughn's books are available at online retail stores and in the lakes area at Lakes Latte and Timeless Appeal in Pequot Lakes, Turtle Town Books and Gifts in Nisswa, and Encompassing Beauty in Crosslake.