Local writer's first novel weaves readers through road rage scenario
The area's newest author wants to take you on a tour of the mind in the tale of a normal woman driven to murder.
And while this is the first novel for Barbara Ann Derksen, her name should be familiar. She's been writing stories and columns for area newspapers for the past six years, including the past column "Help Me Rhonda" in the Pilot-Tribune.
The more than 1,500 articles she has published in recent years focus on human interest and her interest in people - clearly evident in her murder-mystery "Mind Trap," which is a story of murder, anger and resolution.
"In the story, Debra Wiebe, a perfectly normal stay-at-home mom, commits an act of murder during one of her many bouts of temper," Derksen said. "The book takes the reader through the discovery of why and how she deals with the situation, one she is not in any way prepared for."
The book is scheduled to be released by the end of the month by 1stBooks.com, and will be available locally at Anderson's Books & More, as well as national retailers like Barnes and Nobles and online book stores like Amazon.com.
Derksen and her husband, Henry, make their home in Alta, having moved here from Canada for a job opportunity.
"We decided this is where we wanted to make our home, and we worked hard toward that end with immigration and everything," Derksen said.
And while she has been writing for newspapers in the area ever since she moved here, Derksen started writing more than a decade ago when her husband installed their first computer in their home.
Find out more about Barb Derksen's book - pick up a copy of the Pilot Tribune 732-3130.