Lila L. Pinord was born and raised on the Quinault Indian Reservation in a small fishing village called Queets, Washington. She was so small at birth that her father held her in the palm of one hand. She finished grade school at Queets-Clearwater, then it was on to Lake Quinault High School where she earned a scholarship to Grays Harbor College, being Salutatorian of her class. She married at the age of 21 and had one daughter Kimberley. Divorced, she later married her lifelong friend and loving husband James Pinord. He passed away in November of 2003 from the dreaded killer, cancer.
At Peninsula College in Port Angeles―her home now―Lila made the President's List by attaining straight A's during one quarter. She majored in secretarial and office machines with bookkeeping secondary. Deciding she wouldn't earn much as a secretary, she went on to Western Washington University and graduated with a BA in Accounting. Even then, she knew that writing would play a big part in her life.
Lila is now a contributing author to three publications out on the market: Authors Guide to Promotion and 200 Authors and How They Were Published.
The third is called Shameless Shorts, an anthology written by a group of writers who met on an Amazon forum. Royalties are donated to a worthwhile cause. Another short story is included in Gallery of Voices and another one just in time for Halloween is in the Cold Coffee Writer’s Magazine. She won first prize at Books n Sync for her short story Day of the Clowns.
Lila worked at various jobs which she enjoyed very much. The Clallam County PUD for four years, an attorney's office for two years, Tower Service for two more years. She and her husband became vagabonds for a while and traveled the country looking for work during the Reagan Years. They ended up in Houston, Texas, working for a while before returning to Port Angeles. After retirement, Lila went into writing full time and it certainly paid off when she published her first book SKYE DANCER in 2003. Her second book EVIL LIVES IN BLUE ROCK was published on April 30, 2005. Much of her stories are based on her upbringing on the Reservation with all the legends, superstitions and mysticism that abound there. MIN'S MONSTER was published in 2007 and is set in the village where she grew up, though it is fiction with a bit of the truth tossed in- as are the other books as well.
She lives in Port Angeles next door to her daughter and grandsons, where she continues her writing.
by Lila Pinord
No one knows why – or when ‒ they will be enticed to pass through the irresistible allure of the doorway. A young lad called Cowboy went missing when he was a toddler. His parents search far and wide for him, never realizing that he had “passed though”. He forever seeks to stop his wanderings and find a place to call home.
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