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An ancient prophecy. A terrible secret. A deadly conspiracy.

Local Denver author, Shannon Baker, has written a thriller, Ashes of the Red Heifer.

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Thrust into a bloody crossfire between rabid Zionists fighting to recapture Israel’s glory, militant Muslims determined to stop them and fanatical Christians anticipating rapture, a young Nebraska veterinarian holds the key to an event prophesied for over two millennia. Is Annie the chosen of God, destine to fulfill the ancient prophecy of the red heifer? From the isolated prairies of the Great Plains to the holy ground of the Dome of the Rock in Israel, Annie must choose. Her own life. Or an apocalyptic war. The future of the world. Or the ashes of the red heifer.

This is Baker’s debut novel. She’s had personal essays in three anthologies published by Houghton-Mifflin, Leaning Into the Wind, Woven on the Wind and Crazy Woman Creek.

Baker said, “I’ve been at this seriously for about 20 years. I started writing features and columns for local papers and regional magazines and moved on to national magazines. Fiction is my passion so I concentrate on this much less lucrative but more personally satisfying venue.”

Ashes of the Red Heifer received first place in both the Pikes Peak Writers Contest and the Colorado Gold contest. In 2002, she was awarded a week-long workshop from Guideposts Magazine and in 2004 a week-long retreat on the North Shore of Lake Michigan.

Baker continued, “My next thriller is set on the Colorado Plateau and involves man made snow on sacred peaks, uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, kachinas, and murder. I love writing books that incorporate landscapes as characters as both Ashes of the Red Heifer and this one, Sacred Balance, do.

“When I attended my first RMFW conference somewhere in the mid 90’s, I thought I’d written a damn fine book and it would be snapped up immediately. That was three books ago. I found out at that first brush with professionals that I had so much to learn. I still have a ton to learn, but I’m getting better with each book.”

Her advice for new authors? “Write. Get a critique group. Go to conferences. Read. Write.”

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  • Denise 4 years ago

    Great interview. I like stories that take place around areas that an author is familiar with.

  • Pauline Jones 4 years ago

    Fun article! Looking forward to reading your book. :-)


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