Shaila Van Sickle hails from several generations of academics and is herself a retired Professor of English at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, which she has called home since 1974. Shaila has traveled extensively in the Southwest and the continental United States, as well as abroad. During the course of her academic career Shaila has penned articles, critical reviews, handbooks and linguistic texts. Upon retiring Shaila was at last free to nurture her childhood dream of writing a novel. She revels in conversation, which is evident in her writing style and ability to gently place her reader within the walls of academia to explore its mysteries.
An ominous threat keeps everyone guessing as the fall term opens at Southwestern College. A prize-winning novel could bring a much needed windfall to the small school. But is the story a gift, or a warning of what lies ahead? Only the author knows, and he - or she - is strangely silent.