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Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library


Terry Pratchett was born in April 1948, in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, England.   He attended High Wycombe Technical High School where he was a key member of the debating society and wrote stories for the school magazine.   Pratchett was not the best of students and credited his education more to the local library. His early interests included astronomy and he wanted to be an astronomer, but lacked the mathematical disposition to pursue it. He also had an interest in reading science fiction and attended science fiction conventions, but stopped when he got his first job a few years later.

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Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Florida in June of 1956. She is related to author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe.   Her father Sam Daniels was one of the leading appellate lawyers in the US and served as a law clerk to the Supreme Court. Pat grew up in a troubled family as she suffered emotional abuse from her father, who eventually walked out on the family on Christmas Day 1961.   When the family moved to Montreat, North Carolina that same year her mother was hospitalized for depression and Pat and her brothers were placed in the foster care system. Pat went on to attend Davidson College in North Carolina where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 1979.

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Nicholas Sparks was born in December 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska to college professor father and a homemaker mother. Nick spent his early childhood moving around the country while his father finished up his graduate work. Sparks, his two siblings and mother and father finally settled in Fair Oaks, California when he was nine. There he graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class. He went to college at Notre Dame in Indiana on a full track scholarship and majored in business. After helping set a school track relay record his freshman year Sparks suffered an Achilles tendon injury later in the season that forced him to spend the summer rehabbing. During that time Sparks wrote his first novel, but it has never been published.

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Ridley Pearson was born in March, 1953 in Glen Clove, NY.   Pearson was raised by his parents in Riverside, Connecticut along with his siblings, Bradbury and Wendy. He went to public school and then went to attend college at the University of Kansas and Brown University. He currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Marcelle, and their two daughters Paige and Storey.

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In Copper Empire by Donna Searight Simons, all of the necessary pieces of a good historical fiction novel come together against the intense setting of the U.P. copper mining boom.



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Ken Follett was born in June of 1949 in Cardiff, Wales. He is the oldest of four children and grew up barred from listening to the radio and watching any movies or TV because of his strict religious parents. Because of this Ken developed an early interest in reading to keep him entertained. His family moved to London when he was ten and after graduating from Poole Technical College he went on to the University College London in 1967. There he studied philosophy and became involved in center-left politics.

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