True, writers can live anywhere. The truth is, they often tend to live in proximity to literary agents and publishing houses. So if you’d like to bump into a bestselling author on the street, you might go to New York or Chicago. What about Wichita, Kansas? Sure, Wichita may not have the publishing house rock stars or literary agents, many top authors call the heartland home. Here are three big-name authors that hang their hats in Wichita.
Newberry winning author Clare Vanderpool found instant acclaim with her first book, Moon Over Manifest, a Depression-era coming-of-age story about a young girl and her father. He is a rail worker that just wants a better life for his daughter. She is a girl that just wants her father. But he has to make tough choices to provide for his his daughter. It is a touching story for the young and old alike. Vanderpool’s second novel, Navigating Early, has already hit the bestselling list. It is another touching story featuring a young narrator, who goes on a quest of the Appalachian Trails with a newfound friend.
Jenna Blum is the bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, winner of the of the Ribalow Prize in 2005. Those Who Save Us is a World War II-era book about a German woman who makes unthinkable choices as citizen in Natzi Germany to save her daughter. Blum’s second novel takes a different turn, proving that Blum is a natural talent in any era. The Stormchasers is set in modern-era Minnesota, where twin siblings Charlie and Karena make a terrible mistake on one fateful day. The twins drift apart for ten years until the consequences of their actions come back to haunt them.
Stan Finger is a a Pulitzer Prize nominee and journalist for the Wichita Eagle. Finger wrote Into the Deep: One Mans’ Story of How Tragedy Took His Family but Could Not Take His Faith, a heart-wrenching nonfiction novel about a man who lost everything in one day but refused to let his tragic circumstances shake his faith.
Wichita hosts a number of talented authors. Check back to discover up and coming talents, right here from the center of North America!