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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 100 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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Join us for events featuring Nebraska authors on April 30, 2022 and June 25, 2022. Detais are on our event calendar, here Independent Bookstore Day and Nebraska Authors and Artists Showcase

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' poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in many journals. She’s also co-authored two books of non-fiction, Writing in Community, recipient of an “Ippy” Award, and The Fire Inside, just released. She’s been a writing workshop leader for many years.

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.

Pat Coldiron is originally from northeast Nebraska and has lived in Seward County for more than 30 years. Her nearly 20 years working with the local Chamber and Economic Development and tourism offices led to a keen interest in Nebraska's and Seward County's wonderful, sometimes epic story, and Pat has told some of that history in her debut publication, Seward County.

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 a few years ago, which gave her the time to begin writing children's books.

Becky Faber is the author of One Small Photo. She has published in Nebraska Presence (One Book One Nebraska 2018); Women Write Resistance; Rural Voices; The Midwest Quarterly (Three Generations of Nebraska Poets); Blue Collar Review; and Lyrical Iowa, with honors from the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Iowa Poetry Association.

Marie Nolan Fiala resides in Raymond, Nebraska with her husband and two children.  A first time author, she has enjoyed previous careers as a news reporter and mental health counselor.  Marie merges her love of the written word with spirituality in the hopes of helping those going through difficult times. 

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 Garrison lives with her husband and four kids on a Milford area acreage. Her blog is Odyssey Through Nebraska. She has also written three books: Detour Nebraska: Historic Destinations and Natural Wonders; A History Lover’s Guide to Lincoln and 100 Things to Do in Lincoln Before You Die.

Tasha Hackett writes historical romance with humor and hope to entertain and encourage women. Most of her time is spent with four chatty children and an incredibly supportive husband. They give her the kind of love people write books about. Read more at:

Amy Haddad is a poet, nurse and educator. Her poetry appears in numerous literary journals. Her chapbook, The Geography of Kitchens, was published by Finishing Line Press, 2021. An Otherwise Healthy Woman, a poetry collection was published by Backwaters Press, an imprint of University of Nebraska Press, 2022.

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 received the Nebraska Book Award and the Arts Council Fellowship. She aspires to found a library of abandoned towns and learn dialects of 17-year cicadas. Her books are Waking to the Dream (Stephen Austin University Press, 2018) and Cocktails with God (Finishing Line Press). She enjoys rivers and cemeteries.

Lydia Kang Lydia Kang is an Omaha physician and author of fiction and non-fiction. Her books include A Beautiful Poison, Opium and Absinthe, Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, Patient Zero, and the Nebraska Book Award winner, The November Girl. Her newest, The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding, releases May 1, 2022.

Rob Kesselring grew up on a farm in Iowa and is a carpenter and horse trainer. After losing his younger brother to alcoholism, a story came to him. That story became his debut book, Purgatory. He has since also written Garden of Neom. Both books have helped in his healing process.

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.

Bonnie Lacy is the author of fiction, nonfiction, devotionals, and short stories. She lives with her husband, her certified car consultant, in small town America where most of her novels take place. She loves the weird things: sink holes, caves, exploring cemeteries, old store basements where you might be glad you are wearing boots. Somedays, she primes the writing pump by doodling. Visit her at: and on social media.

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.

Tammy Marshall is a longtime columnist for the Norfolk Daily News. She's published two books, The Clearwater House and State of Georgia . . . and Other Writings, with more on the way soon. She's just retired after 30 years of teaching to devote herself fully to writing, reading, traveling, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Mark Miller lives in Genoa, Nebraska. He has been a high school teacher and coach, journalist, business writer and father. And he writes stories. He has published short fiction in a number of journals and magazines, including the University of Nebraska's Prairie Schooner, where a story of his, "Hog Wild" won the Marie Sandoz short Fiction Award. 

Charlene Neely's books include The Lights of Lincoln and The Corn Fairy's Wigs & Other Poems. She co-edited The Guide to More Nebraska Authors with Gerry Cox. As one of the Poetry Ladies, she shares her love of poetry with school children. She is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and Lincoln Chapparal Poets.

Suzanne Ohlmann is a writer and registered nurse. Her first book, Shadow Migration, came out March 1, 2022. Her essays have been published in Texas Monthly, Intima: The Jorunal of Narrative Medicine, and Longreads. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, son and a squadron of rescued pets.

Alison Pearce Stevens has called Lincoln, Nebraska, home for the last decade. Although she’s not originally from Nebraska, she is fascinated with its natural history. Her middle grade book Rhinos in Nebraska tells the tale of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, a paleontological gem hidden right here in the state.


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.


R. J. Post grew up in Ohio and Kansas, where he graduated from a small, private college. He was a newspaper reporter, editor and manager for more than 30 years and now works in marketing. He enjoys bookstores, vinyl records and dysfunctional love songs. R.J. lives in Grand Island.

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 is the author of eight books. She has received four Nebraska Book Awards as well as an Academy of American Poets Award, Literary Heritage Award and the Mildred Bennet Award for Exceptional Literary Contributions. Her most recent book is The Track the Whales Make, which is published in Ted Kooser's Contemporary Poetry Series.

Mary Schwaner writes historical suspense as Bailey Bristol and wartime biographies as Mary Schwaner. She has five books under her belt and more on the way. Family ties, suspense and musical themes permeate her richly told stories. Her books include Courage in a White Coat, Stepping Stones, Love Will Follow, The Samaritan Files, and The Duke's Daring Darling.

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.

Valerie Lee Vierk was born in Kearney, NE and has lived at Ravenna, NE most of her life. She began writing in early childhood. She has published six books as of April 2022 and has two more novels in progress. Valerie also writes poetry, short stories and essays and many of these have been published in various venues. Val also is a photographer and enjoys capturing the beauties of her native Nebraska with her camera.

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 first time author; her book is titled, The Spirit of Nebraska:  A History of Husker Gameday Traditions. White is a graduate of UNL, where she was a cheerleader for three years. Her interest in Husker athletics and game day pageantry inspired her research for this book.

Seward County (Images of America) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467106009
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - January 25th, 2021

An Otherwise Healthy Woman (The Backwaters Prize in Poetry Honorable Mention) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496227850
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Published: The Backwaters Press - March 1st, 2022

Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523513291
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 16th, 2021

The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542020084
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 1st, 2022

Shadow Migration: Mapping a Life (American Lives ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496226860
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2022