Angelica welcomes Tom and Mary Walker to the show today. The novel, Contrary Creek, penned by the brother and sister writing team, Tom and Mary Walker, is narrated 16-year-old Danny Cloud, who lives with his parents and younger sister, B.J., on Rafter C Ranch located in the Mogollon Rim country of Arizona. This coming-of-age story spans one year, during which Danny witnesses odd events happening in the local town of Faraway. The high school principle engages in a book-banning crusade. The science teacher announces herself as a witch. And a mysterious series of deaths raises puts Faraway’s population of 250 on edge and threatens to tear apart the town. Tom and Mary Walker grew up on two different ranches: the JV Bar north Wickenburg, Arizona, a desert ranch on state land; and then the Flying W west of Young, Arizona, situated on U.S Forest Service land in rugged Mogollon Rim country. Young is located in Pleasant Valley, the site of the historic Graham-Tewksbury Range Feud in the late 1800s. They roped cattle alongside their parents, wore cowboy garb, ate pinto beans with every meal, and lived a frugal ranching life. Both went on to attend Arizona State University and pursue careers, Tom in journalism and Mary in social work. After retiring from thirty years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Tom worked as a grant writer in Tucson, Arizona where he now lives. Mary, a resident of southern California, spends her days with homeless, mentally ill adults and children. She also is the creator and owner of Steel Cut Press, a traditional publisher of fiction and non-fiction books, and the e-zine, Witsendmagazine. Although neither wanted to become ranchers, they retain nostalgia for that way of life. For more information, you also can visit www.contrarycreeknovel.com.
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