Local authors to discuss genres at the DHS Library

As a reader, have you ever wondered what drives writers to write in a certain genre? To celebrate the importance of reading books and showcasing literary premises, Friends of the Desert Hot Springs Library will sponsor a series of local authors in its new, state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot library.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, “All About Books” will feature three local authors, Rachel Druten, Joanne Hardy and Carol Mann. They will share their motivation for writing historical novels, a comedy series and the short story.

Druten is the author of nine historical novels published by Barbour Publishing. Its latest offerings are Hazel Flick’s award-winning books “Paradise Found” and the humorous “I’m Back,” which was published by Tilton Bass Publishing and was recently cast in a TV series.

“The main character, Hazel Flick, escapes her deadbeat family and discovers a new wild life in Palm Springs,” says Druten. festivities, becomes an undercover DEA agent, launches a senior dating service with his girlfriend, Louise, and more! »

In 1995 Druten moved to Palm Desert and became active in numerous organizations, including American Pen Women and the Palm Springs Writers Guild. In 1998, she founded Tools for Tomorrow, a nonprofit literacy enrichment program in elementary schools in the Coachella Valley.

Author Joanne Hardy’s love of history and genealogy has been expressed in her works of historical fiction. Her Civil War novel “The Girl in the Butternut Dress” won an honorable mention in the National League of American Pen Women’s Fiction Contest. “Random Truths”, his second historical novel, depicts the “have-nots” who become the “haves” of a small town during an oil boom. “John Malvern leads a simple life when a Texas oilman drills oil wells on his land,” says Hardy. “With his newfound wealth he pleases his youngest children, but the older ones raised in poverty resent and are abandoned. Big oil means quick money. Everything changes in Malvern’s life. But for the best ?

Hardy received congressional recognition for outstanding leadership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) service to veterans and the DAR National Recognition Award for “Women in the Arts”. For more than ten years, she covered community events for The Desert Sun.

Carol Mann has loved words, stories, drama and books throughout her career as an educator. She first became interested in writing in the late 1980s when she joined the Palm Springs Writers Guild. His award-winning short stories, poetry and personal essays have appeared in literary journals and magazines including Six Hens, Bloodroot, Writer’s Digest, the Sun Runner and RiverSedge.

His books, published by AquaZebra Book Publishing, include the collection of short stories “Creek Songs”. “Streams and people have something in common,” she says. “Both encounter obstacles that shape their course. The same goes for the flawed characters in the short story collection. They face challenges and make choices, only to be tricked by fate. Their lives are flowing in new directions, towards new songs of life: some welcome, some not.

Mann collaborated on the souvenir book dedicated to women “All Ways a Women”, a compilation of her own poetry and watercolors by artist Lynn Centeno. Mann is a past board member of the American Association of University Women, the Palm Springs Writers Guild, and the National League of Pen Women.

The Author Series will take place Thursday, January 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Desert Hot Springs Library Community Room, 14-380 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (760) 329-5926.

Sally Hedberg is secretary and grants administrator for Friends of the Desert Hot Springs Library.