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Risner, Fay

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Pen Name: Fay Risner

Comments from the author about writing:  I've been writing for twenty years. My manuscripts piled up beside my publisher and agent rejections so I decided in 2008 to self publish. My approach has been to write what I like to read. I've found there are others that like my books because of the humorous moments mingled with the serious ones. My books have mid-western scenes and are stories that any age can read. I have nine books based in Iowa. My mystery series is in fictional Locked Rock, Iowa which is somewhere in Benton County. My Amish Series is in southern Iowa not far from Kalona and Bloomfield. One of my nonfiction books is about my father's battle with Alzheimer's. My parents lived on highway 30 near Keystone. They were the last owners of one of the first gas stations started back in the 30's on the Lincoln Highway. My Alzheimer's Caregiver Handbook Open A Window is used to train CNAs, at support groups and to educate home caregivers. I design my own colorful book covers.

Literary awards received and date received:

  • 2002-Iowa Health Care Association Contest 1st place essay - A Woman For All Seasons
  • 2003-Iowa Health Care Association Contest 1st place essay-Floating Feathers Of Yesterday
  • 2003-Arkansas Writers Conference,Little Rock, Ark. 5th place essay- Kahler Spratt Award-Autumn in Ark.; 2nd place short story-Ark. Center For Book Award for Young Adult-Community Service; 3rd place short story-Grif Stockley Mystery-Jacob's Spirit
  • 2003-White County Creative Writers, Searcy, Ark. 2nd place, western short story-Bobtail's Cranky; 4th place, Children story - Spooks In The Mansion
  • 2004-Arkansas Writers Conference, Little Rock, Ark. 6th place short story-Cowgirl Annie
  • 2005-Arkansas Writers Conference, Little Rock, Ark. 4th place essay-The Angel That Flew
  • 2006-Arkansas Writers Conference, Little Rock, Ark. 6th place 1st chapter book entry- My Children Are More Precious Than Gold; 5th place Young Adult story - Walk On The Wild Side
  • 2006-White County Creative Writers, Searcy, Ark. 4th place essay-Not In A Million Years; 6th place essay - A Woman For All Seasons
  • 2007 Arkansas Writers Conference 5th place western short story - A Coffin To Lie On 1st place Chap.book award - County Seat Killer - Amazing Gracie Mystery Series; 5th place essay - Smiles In The Dark; 6th place short short story - Boat Give Away
  • 2007 White County Creative Writers Contest, Searcy, Ark. 4th place short story - Cowgirl Annie; 2nd place chapter western book - The Dark Winds Howl Over Mary
  • 2008 Arkansas Writers Conference, Little Rock, Ark.; 6th place essay-An Instigator Of The Best Kind; 4th place essay- Always Family First; 2nd place short story - Beethoven's Intervention
  • 2008 White County Creative Writers, Searcy, Ark. 5th place essay - Grandma's Legacy
  • 2009 Arkansas Writers Conference 4th place short story - The Answering Machine Knew; 2nd place true Iowa Crime-The Unsolved Mystery Of Anna Weise; 2nd place short story western- The Blue Bonnet
  • 2009 White County Creative Writers Contest, Searcy, Ark. 4th place short story - The Answering Machine Knew

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story Collection

Audience Types: All Ages

Genre: Biography, Essays, History, Mystery,Romance Fiction, Health-Alzheimer's Disease-Western children

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

I like to do programs close to my home. I've had book signings at libraries in my area and at the Lemstone Book Store in Cedar Rapids. I do public speaking about Alzheimer's Disease and promote my two books in this area.

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No

E-mail Address:  fayrisner@netins.net

Publisher Information:  www.booksbyfaybookstore.weebly.com

County: Benton

Books By This Author

  • The Dark Wind Howls Over Mary, Create Space Publishing, Ca., 2008.
  • Open A Window - An Alzheimer's Caregiver's Handbook, Create Space Publishing,Ca.,2008.
  • Butterfly And Angel Wings-Twentieth Century Women, Create Space Publishing,Ca.,2008.
  • Neighbor Watchers-Amazing Gracie Mystery Series-book 1, Create Space Publishing,Ca.2008.
  • Specious Nephew-Amazing Gracie Mystery Series-book 2, Create Space Publishing, Ca.,2008.
  • County Seat Killer-Amazing Gracie Mystery Series-book 3,Create Space Publishing,Ca.2008.
  • The Chance Of A Sparrow-Amazing Gracie Mystery Series-book 4, Create Space Publishing, Ca., 2008.
  • Moser Mansion's Ghosts-Amazing Gracie Mystery Series-book5,Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • A Teapot, Ghosts, Bats & More-Short Story Collection, Create Space Publishing, Ca.2008.
  • Ella Mayfield's Pawpaw Militia-A Civil War Saga in Vernon County Missouri, Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • My Children Are More Precious Than Gold-Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • Floating Feathers Of Yesterdays-A Three Act Play, Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • Wild West Tales-Western Short Stories, Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • Hello Alzheimer's Good Bye Dad - A Daughter's Journal, Create Space Publishing, Ca. 2008.
  • Christmas Traditions-An Amish Love Story, Lightning Source Publishing, Tenn. 2009.
  • A Promise Is A Promise-Nurse Hal Among The Amish-Book 1, Lightning Source Publishing, Tenn., 2009
  • The Rainbow's End-Nurse Hal Among The Amish-Book 2, Lightning Source Publishing, Tenn.2010.

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