Author Kelly Barnhill conjures the macabre and the Midwestern in her latest work

Erica Rivera | City Pages

A widow takes up with Sasquatch in lieu of human suitors. A divorced mother of two is killed and dismembered during a run and the prime suspect is her ex-husband’s second (and very pregnant) wife. A young woman charged with the care of her lover’s wife’s son tries to lose him on purpose at the fair. A junk man’s daughter seeks revenge against a totalitarian minister.

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Tenacious wordsmith: Cassville woman ends 40-year journey to become a published author

Kevin McClintock | The Joplin Globe

“The principal actually told me I wasn’t smart enough to be a writer,” Sarton said with a shake of her head, “and that I needed to find something that I could support myself with. I was absolutely crushed.”

With those words bouncing around inside her head, she turned her back on fiction writing. She continued to do this until she reached the age of 30.

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Local author Susan Bishop Crispell talks about some of the sources of her new novel, “Dreaming in Chocolate.”

Ben Steelman | StarNews Online

Susan Bishop Crispell’s “Dreaming in Chocolate” came out barely 18 months after her debut novel, “The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.” Yet the Wilmington writer says her second book took far longer to write than her first.

“This book took me a long time to figure out,” said Crispell, who earned a BFA in creative writing from UNCW. She’s been working on the book since 2010.

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