The Huron Public Library announces the creation of its “Authors Among Us” series highlighting local and South Dakota authors on a semi-annual basis.
The series will give patrons a chance to meet authors, discuss their works and learn about the publishing industry.
William A. “Bill” Russell is the first author of the 2013 series, speaking at 1 p.m. Saturday at the library. The program is free and no reservations are needed.
Although Russell was raised on the beaches of San Diego, he spent most of his adult life in the deserts and cities of the Southwest. Looking for something to do in retirement, he took up writting.
He had dabbled with words and cartoons throughout his life, but with more time on his hands it turned serious.
Since 2002, he has completed five novels and started numerous others, which include a mix of short stories, three screen plays and lots of cartoons.
His books, mostly historical adventures, take place in the first half of the 20th century
• “Not Without Fear“ is set around the time of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is a tale of murder, betrayal and love, played out along the California-Oregon coast line.
• “China Clipper,” a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, follows the fortunes of a young socialite on her way to an arranged marriage in Manila. The year is 1937, and while island hopping across the Pacific aboard the famous Pan American seaplane, she not only falls in love with another, but into the hands of her worst nightmare.
• “In Lieu of Surrender,” the first book of a trilogy set in 1949, introduces a private detective from Los Angeles investigating his best friends murder. The clues take him up and down the coast where he discovers corruption and skullduggery in the prim and proper beach-front town in which the killing happened.
• Book two of the series, “Doomed Voyage,” finds the detective and his wife aboard a sinking passenger/freighter enroute to Hong Kong. In a lifeboat they face thirst, hunger, storms, sharks and danger from their fellow travelers. Book three is only partially written at this time.
Russell has also put together a tongue-in-cheek memoir, “Would-be Warrior,” about his first 20 years.
The book, a comical journey through the 1940s and ’50s, describes his earliest memories, a voyage to Hawaii, a backyard view of the bombing at Pearl Harbor, growing up in San Diego during the war, his less than stellar academic career, encounters with starched and prissy girls, grunion hunts, old jalopies, beach parties and an unexpectedly zany three-year stint in the Marines.
For more information please call the Huron Public Library at 353-8530.
Any of these eBooks can be purchased for a small fee from W.A. Russell author’s page on Amazon.com/Kindle books.
For the complete article see the 01-20-2013 issue.
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