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Velda is a native of Arkansas, and lives in the Ozarks with her husband. They have two children,
three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She has been writing nonfiction and fiction since
1985 and has 12 books in print, six of which are historical romance. Fourteen of her short stories
are featured in regional anthologies. Her historical columns have appeared in local newspapers
since 1990. She conducts workshops, speaks at conferences and is co-chair of a successful critique group founded in 1986.
She received 3 merit awards from the Arkansas Press Association; her biography Fly With the
Mourning Dove was a finalist in the 2008 WILLA Literary awards for creative nonfiction; in
2010 she was given a Distinguished Citizen Award for her efforts to preserve Ozark history.
She and her husband have visited all the locales in which her books are set. She is convinced that
the spirits speak to her and guide her toward the creativity that sparks her writing. That was
particularly true of Wolf Song during a trip to the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale,
Wyoming. The couple visit many historical sites where she picks up the vibes from out of the
past and weaves stories around those special auras. She’s been known to sit on a stone in a
cemetery and carry on a long conversation with the spirits gathered there.
on July 02, 2013 :
Olivia lives quietly alone in a kind of penance. A year ago, she was the driver in an accident that put her sister in a vegetative state in hospital, and she has never ceased to blame herself. But odd things are happening: she starts to ‘see’ an Indian called Wolf Shadow who can materialise and dematerialise at will, and when her friend Ginni drags her into an investigation of who is trying to exterminate the local wolves. She is introduced to a man called Singer whom she suspects of being involved in the killings, but to whom she is strongly attracted. And things start to get dangerous …
The central character is really absorbing. Initially, I suspected that I might get tired of her voice which is slightly flippant, but the author does a marvellous job of developing her – this is definitely a character who becomes wiser throughout the book. The tension in the book is well done too, and the climax is nail-bitingly tense. If I have one quibble, it is that the sex element is not always convincing – some of the earlier references are embarrassingly laughable – but full credit to the author for trying something a little different.
Well worth reading, and I’ll look for more books by the same author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)