Local Reads

A Regional Round-Up
of Women Authors
By Gina Dewink

We Survivors
After disease and nuclear warfare decimate the world population, 17-year-old Nadia is sure she’s the last person left on Earth. Then she hears a voice on her radio and everything changes. But as she and her new companions unravel the mysteries surrounding their survival, they soon realize that it was no accident and they could be in grave danger. “We Survivors” is a young adult post-apocalyptic novel.
Author: L.J. Thomas (ljthomasbooks.com)
Best thing about being an area author: The talented local writers of the Rochester MN Writing Group, who regularly meet up for critique or coffee!

Eve: A Novel
In this mesmerizing debut novel, Elissa Elliott blends biblical tradition with recorded history to put a powerful new twist on the story of creation’s first family. Eve is brought to life in a way religion and myth have never allowed—as a wife, a mother and a woman. With stunning intimacy, Elliott boldly reimagines Eve’s journey before and after the banishment from Eden—‑her complex marriage to Adam, her troubled relationship with her daughters, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons, Cain and Abel. From a woman’s first awakening to a mother’s innermost hopes and fears, from moments of exquisite tenderness to a climax of shocking violence, Eve explores the very essence of love, womanhood, faith and humanity.
Author: Elissa Elliott (elissaelliott.com)
Best thing about being an area author: The avid readers who’ve supported me and invited me to their book clubs for the best discussions (and food). Also, the Rochester Public Library; it’s been a lifesaver. It’s where I gather the majority of my research and extra reading material.

Cooked to Death: Lying on a Plate (Vol. 2)
Michelle Kublitz’s story “Cracked” is one of 15 short stories in the second installment of the culinary-inspired mystery anthology “More Tales of Crime and Cookery.” Each delicious story is paired with an original recipe.
Author: Michelle Kubitz (michellekubitz.com)
Best thing about being an area author: The amount of talent and camaraderie to be found amongst the authors in this city.