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Nebraska Authors

We know that writing and publishing a book are achievements worthy of celebration, and we're proud to sell books by these and other Nebraska authors at Chapters. Click on the author's name for more books by that author.

Those highlighted below are only a sampling of the many Nebraska authors, both classic and contemporary, featured at Chapters. We work with more than 70 authors from Nebraska and the Midwest. Check back often as we'll change this list--or stop by Chapters and see the actual books!

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John Achor's writing assignments have appeared in a variety of regional, and national publications, and he sold over two dozen articles to an international magazine. He has also published three mystery novels featuring his female amateur sleuth, as the Casey Fremont series, with an Alex Hilliard thriller nearing publication.

Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, received her undergraduate degree from Auburn and her MFA in Creative Writing in 2016. Her chapbook, One Life Shining was published by Pudding House. She also co-authored Writing in Community, which won an “IPPY” in the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards.

Alan J. Bartels grew up exploring the wildlands of Nebraska. Over breakfast after viewing prairie chickens with Jane Goodall in the Nebraska Sandhills, the idea for this children's book was born. Alan is a lifelong Nebraskan and explores Nebraska today as the editor of Nebraska Life Magazine.

Susan Grady Bristol is a short story writer with stories in numerous anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul books, 13th Floor and Ordinary Miracles in Nursing. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen. Susan belongs to the Nebraska Writer's Guild, the Omaha Night Writers and My Thoughts Exactly writing group in Fremont.

Charlotte Endorf has been married to an awesome man, Papa aka Kevin Endorf over 30 years. This is the first book she has co-written with her four-year-old grandson Gunnar Doty. Charlotte was in a bad car accident last year which gave her the time to begin writing children's books.

Tom Frye has worked for the past 40 years as an advocate for troubled youth. He began his career when still in high school, serving as a street contact for a runaway shelter. It was during his time as a worker at a detention facility for delinquent youth, that he began writing stories for the residents and he knew he had discovered a way to connect with troubled kids.

Gretchen (formerly Michels) Garrison and her family live just outside of Milford, Nebraska. She helps her husband, Kyle, operate GP Restoration. Besides homeschooling their four kids, Gretchen also curates the blog Many of her articles have also been included in other Nebraska publications.

Ruth Harper is a self-taught artist from England. She first illustrated the classic The Kissing Hand, then Sassafras, and Happy Mamas, and Otters, Snails and Tadpole Tails (2019). Ruth loves to echo nature in her work and believes it brings imagination, creativity, comfort, and sweet love to everyone. She now lives in the roly-poly Iowa hills with an adorable husband, a dog and cat, and six marvelous grown-up kids with lots of grandchildren. She is proud to be represented by Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency and excitedly working on her next book project.

Shennon Helms is a French and Spanish teacher in a rural Nebraska K-12 school. She also teaches Tai Chi. She has three children. When she is not working or chasing her kids to their activities with her husband, she enjoys reading, writing, and acting in local productions. She writes poetry, short stories, song lyrics, and paranormal and science fiction novels. Her debut novel Lost Daughter of the Stars is coming in 2019.

Heidi Hermanson is a first-generation Nebraskan. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In her spare time she would like to open a library of towns that no longer exist and learn dialects of the seventeen-year cicadas.

Blaine Kistler writes the kind of stories she finds intriguing and passionate and believes stories are meaningful only if they have an audience. She grew up the oldest of six girls, and while they live widely separated, their love keeps them close in heart. She enjoys reading, swimming, and her pets. As her characters are on a journey of discovery, so too is she.

Sgt. Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six year career with the Omaha Police Department. His book, Busting Bad Guys, delivers a graphic and authentic look at solid policing on the streets of America’s heartland and takes the readers inside high-adrenaline, top secret investigations while trying to outsmart the criminals.

Marje (Smith) Perkins grew up on a small Nebraska farm southeast of Cambridge. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and was an elementary and special education teacher in Nebraska and California. She and her husband Bob are retired and living in Mesa, Arizona.

Jim Reisdorff, David City, Nebraska, has had a lifelong interest in railroads and their role in American society. He has authored over a dozen books on Nebraska's rail history. He also operates South Platte Press, which has published about 100 titles for other authors regarding various railroad topics.

Lora Rivers has been writing all her life: newspaper stories, poetry, websites, educational materials, TV commercials, and scripts for documentary films. She holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication and a master's degree in education. She lives outside of Lincoln where she likes to explore nature and play games with her grandchildren.

Rhonda Rush considers herself a word enthusiast, always looking to improve her literary skills. She writes to be a source of inspiration and encouragement. Writing has been like therapy, allowing her to spill everything onto the page in order to discover newfound freedom. She enjoys documenting her experiences through her poems and other writings as she continues to pursue her dreams of traveling and promoting her books. She is also a member of Nebraska Writer's Guild.

Marjorie Saiser has received four Nebraska Book Awards as well as an Academy of American Poets Award and the Mildred Bennet Award for Exceptional Literary Contributions. Her most recent book is The Woman in the Moon.

Linda Svoboda is a wife and mother, and absolutely loves to write children's books. She has a passion to write books in which kids learn character qualities. Her book, A Precious Day At The Farm, is a book in which children can experience life in the country with a wonderful ending.

Kathi Wagner is the author of 13 children's books. She enjoys making children laugh and helping them learn to love to read! Her Ultimate Jokiest Joking Joke Book Ever Written . . . No Joke! Is coming in September.

Debra Kleve White is a native Nebraskan. Her experiences as a Yell Squad member and University of Nebraska-Lincoln student led to a desire to give back to the University, concentrating on the UNL athletic department and Spirit Squad. She now works at the University of Texas-Austin and as a real estate broker but returns Nebraska to cheer on her beloved Cornhuskers. The Spirit of Nebraska is her first book.

A Lantern in Her Hand Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140384284
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Published: Puffin Books - April 1st, 1997

The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut Cover Image
By Clayton C. Anderson, Nevada Barr (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780803262829
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - June 1st, 2015

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ISBN: 9781441324290
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Published: Peter Pauper Press - June 1st, 2017

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ISBN: 9781732410206
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Published: Shannon Baker - August 28th, 2018

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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2015

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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 1st, 2009

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 20th, 2018

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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 17th, 2017

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Published: Prairie Wind Publishing - May 3rd, 2018

Kindest Regards: New and Selected Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595332
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 8th, 2018

Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633750050
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Published: Entangled: Teen - July 3rd, 2017

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By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Jr. Deloria, Vine (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780803283916
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2014

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

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Published: The Backwaters Press - March 16th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780975982983
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Published: Prairieland Press - January 23rd, 2016