Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

“I am 80 years old and have learned to be suspicious of the hype coming from businesses. But that same inner voice that compelled me to write Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie – a factual account of coping with the loss of my house to fire – whispered to me to sign on with Outskirts Press. A miracle got me through my disaster, and a miracle again got my book published.”

Harry Anderson, a retired teacher of writing and literature, lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.

Introducing Kaying Vang, author of The Incredible Journey to America

“I have a great experience with Outskirts Press teams, everyone was so good and very knowledgable about their job. I am looking forward to publish my next with them again. I will definitely recommend Outskirts Press to my family and friends. Thank you so much for making my dream come true!”

Kaying Vang was born in Hoi Hin Dam, Laos and has been living in the United States for over 30 years. She graduated from college in 1997 in Accounting and is working as the Senior Plant Manager Administrative Assistant for the US Postal Services. Kaying has a strong passion in gardening and helping others.

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Overcoming the Odds. In the struggling and war torn land of Laos in the 1960s, the Hmong people of Laos were being invaded by the North Vietnamese army. The Incredible Journey to America will take you on a journey about the Hmong people in Laos through the eyes of a Hmong girl, Kaying. From running village to village, hiding in the deep jungles, and trekking through dangerous terrain, each day was very uncertain. Kaying and her family have to sacrifice everything for a chance to have a better life. This riveting journey will take you from some of the lowest points of poverty in Laos to a satisfying story of redemption and finding a new beginning in the United States.

Introducing Kathryn J. Kappler, author of My Own Pioneers 1830-1918

“Outskirts Press has been a fantastic experience. Everyone has been extremely knowledgeable, but also very responsive, positive, friendly and helpful. Time frames have been quick and as promised. Your marketing support is also excellent after publishing. I am very impressed with Outskirts and hope to start a new book since the last three are now published.”

Kathryn J. Kappler was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her childhood and young adulthood outside the United States, in Newfoundland, France and Spain, because of her upbringing in a military family. She is a former Regent Scholar of the University of California, and graduated Magna cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics. She subsequently earned an MBA with honors at University of Southern California. Throughout her life, Kathryn has sustained an ardent interest in history. The author’s family has been associated with Native Americans for several generations. She has lived and traveled extensively on Indian reservations of the Southwest while researching early Native American silver jewelry. She has spent many years working with troubled horses.

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The three volumes of My Own Pioneers together tell a remarkable story of the desperate pioneer struggles of four generations of the author’s family. Although the memorable historical journey begins seven generations ago, these three volumes of stories focus on four important pioneer generation. They are the culmination of fifteen years of painstaking research as the author carefully reconstructs her family’s pioneer struggles from before 1830 to 1918 using information from family records, journals, memoirs, histories and letters, supplemented by accounts from their pioneer companions, and by Church and other official records. Volume I tells about the author’s once prosperous pioneer families survived the French and Indian War and the War of 1812, then eventually relocated to join the newly founded Mormon Church. The stories tell how the pressure of mobs and mob wars eventually forced these families to abandon everything as they were driven from place to place, until they found themselves exiled on the western-most border of the United States—at the Missouri River—looking toward the wild and hostile West as their only refuge. Stories describe how dozens of family members were among the Mormon refugees who died by the hundreds at the Missouri River, of illness, starvation and exposure. Yet family members had managed to journey among Indians on the frontier to preach, and had sailed through nearly catastrophic ocean storms to preach in England. And despite much sorrow and hardship, this volume relates how five family members left their loved ones behind at the sickly Missouri River in order to march down the Old Santa Fe Trail in the U.S. Army’s Mormon Battalion to prove their loyalty to the government by helping to fight a war with Mexico.

Introducing Carolyn Young, author of The Six of Me

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As a child of only 8 years of age, Carolyn Young’s life was saved by the gift of fragmenting her psyche. But living with DID as an adult, her life was shattered, dysfunctional, and chaotic. Through the anguish experienced during therapy, she diligently worked to overcome and she have since integrated leaving her whole and living a life she never thought possible.

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Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is one of the most widely misunderstood psychological conditions. Many people are not comfortable with the concept of DID due to their fear and mis-perceptions. However, the exquisite and complex psychological and emotional mechanisms at work in dissociative identity disorder provide life-saving safety to trauma victims. In The Six of Me, Carolyn Young explores ideas and feelings about DID, bringing an informed first-hand perspective to this misunderstood and controversial diagnosis. If you have never been introduced to the idea of DID, this book will open your mind and heart. A beautiful and important book for all readers, The Six of Me opens a window into a unique and beautiful form of self-preservation in extreme circumstances. Visit the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation website, www.isst-d.org for further information about Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Introducing Linda K. Reed, author of Winter of 1950

“I would like to thank the Outskirts Team for the amazing job they did helping me publish my first book!”

Linda K. Reed is retired. She enjoys spending time on the water and the companionship of her dogs, Patsy (aka Pooper) and a big boy named Sue. She has four children and eight beautiful grandchildren, all of whom make her very proud. Winter of 1950 is her first book.

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Just when Linda thought life couldn’t be more perfect, the Universe threw her a curve she didn’t see coming-and that was just the beginning. After a long journey and despite the bumps, the bruises, and the heartache, she managed to land on her feet and find the joy of peace and serenity. “We are all children of the Universe, and we all deserve the very best life has to offer-regardless of our beliefs and the curves life throws our way.” Written with great wisdom and compassion, Linda’s memoir celebrates the growth we experience when life hands us unexpected “gifts” that help us discover something greater than ourselves. Believing nothing is by coincidence, I found myself, with love, writing this book.

Introducing Margie Griffin Warsavage, author of Wearing the Red Bandanna

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“In looking back with an appreciative eye, Margie Griffin Warsavage proves the truth of novelist Tim O’Brien’s contention that ‘Stories connect the past to the future.'” John Calderazzo, author of Rising Fire, teacher of creative writing at Colorado State University.

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As America’s great cattle drives wound down in the late 1800s, Dumont Griffin rode beyond the myth he helped to create and built a ranch. A century later, his granddaughter, Margie, retraces his journey to Ekalaka, Montana, the town at the end of the trail, in search of her family’s roots. As she records her own adventure through the modern landscape, she unearths the stories of the old West. Through Margie’s eyes, we meet Olive, the abiding ranch wife who raises eight children on the windswept prairie, and Nibs, the rawboned uncle in a buffalo hide coat who nurtures his nephews with tall tales. Of seven sons set adrift in the worst of times, teenaged Ted joins two older brothers as they try to outrun the Great Depression in a boxcar headed east. Pat wrangles his dream of running a Colorado ranch, only to struggle through one of the worst winters on record, while scholarly Bobby, the youngest son, is left to cope alone in an isolated farmhouse. This memorable true story of hardship on the High Plains captures one family’s resilience, beginning with a slow waltz of courtship at a community dance, and ending with a boot-stomping sing-along at a family reunion. “Wearing the Red Bandanna” is the memoir of three generations of a western family inspired by the affectionate relationship of a young daughter and her storytelling father.

Introducing Kay Peterson, author of Beating the Odds

“Do you wish you knew more about your parents’ lives before you entered it? We each have a unique story and having it in print is a gift to family and friends. After I wrote my life story-Beating the Odds-Outskirts Press guided me with the publishing consultant’s advice, through production decisions, to the marketing tips. Unlike a previous publisher, Outskirts Press allowed me to select only the extra services I needed without any pressure to exceed my budget. The Outskirts Press print-on-demand service was fast and efficient in filling book orders. Now Outskirts Press is publishing my novel-13 Days in Africa-while I decide what type of book I want to write next. I highly recommend Outskirts Press to writers who are disillusioned with ‘traditional’ publishers and especially to first-time authors.”

Kay Peterson’s articles, books, and seminars have encouraged countless dreamers of the wanderer’s lifestyle to take the plunge. Joe and Kay were named among the 100 people who most influenced the RV industry during its first century, and Kay has published eight non-fiction books, including the first book ever published on full-time RV living.

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The Escapees RV Club was founded by Joe and Kay Peterson in 1978. Originally there was no detailed plan-the Petersons were simply two working travelers who wanted to make the RV lifestyle the best it could be for themselves and for fellow travelers. They had no idea that over 100,000 Escapees members would eventually join the club! With a magazine, an RV park system, a licensed adult day care center, and the largest mail service under one roof, the Escapees RV Club is now one of the largest in the industry. It provides a total support network for all RVers. The Petersons have inspired countless others to follow their dreams and discover the joy of this traveling lifestyle. Along their journey, Joe and Kay learned lessons in resilience, compassion, and an understanding that it is people-not places-that are important. In Beating the Odds, Kay Peterson shares the memories of their mistakes, disappointments, and heartaches. She shares her family’s history and how it all led to finding Joe, her soul mate, and the lifestyle that gave them so much happiness.