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Page A-24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 24, 2014 's continued from page A-19 books chronicling the Walker spired to be a writer by reading discouraged her from follow- and then she would get her kids family. Frank Baum's "Wizard ofOz" se- ing her dream to be a writer. A to school and work at her full- Jance will talk about "Re- "Some fans tell me that if my ries. After graduating from Bis- professor who taught creative time job selling life insurance. mains of Innocence" and sign name was on it, they'd willing- bee High School in 1962, she re- writing at the University of Jance met her second hus- copies of her books from 6:30 to ly read the phone book," Jance ceived an academic scholarship Arizona thought females ought band, and they formed a fam- 7:30 p.m. July 30 at the Shelton said. and earned a degree in English to be teachers or nurses rather ily. He supported everyone Timberland Library, 710 W. But Jance stresses that youand secondary education; she than writers, and refused to ad- financially for a while, and Alder St. Sage Book Store will don't have to be a fan to attend then earned a master's degree mit her into his program. Her Jance's income allowed him to sell copies of her books, her appearance in Shelton. She in library science. Jance taught alcoholic first husband told her retire at 54 and take up golfing Jance will likely be greeted said she finds most readings English at Tucson's Pueblo High he was the only writer in the and painting. by fans of all four of her series: boring, so she talks about the School for two years and then family, although he never got Her first Detective Beau- Brady, the Arizona sheriff try- origins of the characters and worked as a librarian for stu- his work published, mont book, '%Tntil Proven ing to maintain law and order the books, and how"some of my dents in kindergarten through In 1982, Jance started writ- Guilty," was released in 1985. in the desert; Seattle Detec- lifeis stitched inte them."the 12th grade at the Indian Oa- ing in earnest when she was a These days, Jance writes tive J.A. Beaumont, 22 books "My talk is two parts Garri- sis School District in Sells, Ari- single, divorced mother with two books a year, and embarks starting in 1985; newscaster son Keillor and one part Erma zona, for five years, two children with no child sup- on two book tours. Ali Reynolds, nine books set in Bombeck," she said. In the biography on her port. Her first three books were "That fills up my time," she Sedona, Arizona; and the four The Arizona native was in- website, Jance said two menwritten between 4 and 7 a.m., said. S continued from page A-19 STEEL BUILDINGS, INC. 4-Car Garage with Shop 24'x48'x10' 1724 Cole Street Seattle I Enumclaw Prices do not include permit, site excavation, 360-825-7768 sales tax or concrete slabs. 1-800-854-4410 $19,945 Contractor's License #ALPHASB117PU WASHINGTON CHERRIES . Greenhouse 0 Nursery 0 Produce. Seafood. Bark = Soils = Plants Olympic Mountain Ice Cream 1921 E Hwy 106, Union WA 98592 (360) 898-2222 (360) 426-2222 www.hunter-farms.com her book is too small for them to consider publish- Number 12 is, of ing. course, the 12th Man or 'They said it was great, the fan base for the Se- but too small of a market attle Seahawks. for what they're looking "We were learningfor right now," she said. (Seahawks) players'And that's when she names and everywhere turned to Kickstarter. we went, there was the com. blue 12 flag," Stephens"It's an all-or-nothing said. "When Dallin asked crowd-funding site and the question, it just really it's different from a lot made me think of the sig- of donation sites," Ste- nificance of the answer." phens said. "It's only for For Stephens, that sig-new, creative projects and nificance is that the fan there's lots of different base of the Seahawks has projects. It's a way to get a lot of power, information about your "I think it expands project to the community." outside of the stadium. It For Stephens' pro/- spread throughout the re- ect, she's hoping to raise gion and made us a corn- $24,000 to ftmd the pub- munity," Stephens said.lishing of her children's After researchingbook, titled' Who Is Num- children's book publish- ber 127" ing houses, Stephens "So far, the fundrais- approached several anding is going OK," Ste- heard that the market for phens said. "The website has been visited a lot of times, but I'm still lack- ing in backers. One of the biggest challenges is a lot IIII Think no one reads the newspaper anymore? ' ,THI N KAGAi N 60% of readers keep their paper 3-5 days or enabling them a story or of people are still unfamil- ing copyrighted or trade- iar with that website and marked material in the how the platform works." poem or illustrations. Stephens opened the "It's very tempting to Kickstarter page July 12 use '12th Man' but rm not and the pledging period set up to pay copyright for closes Aug. 12. it," she said. "If I don't reach my In Stephens' poem, she goal, no one is charged," defines the significance of Stephens said. "If I do the 12th Man fan base, in- reach my goal, everyone cluding the lines: receives their rewards ' Who is number 12?/ and the project can be- It's the noise of the crowd/ come a reality." it's the quake of our feetJ As of Tuesday, Ste- It's making the difference/ phens' Kickstarter ac- between victory and de- count at kickstarter.com/ feat." projects/1536892772/ Stephens said she who-is-number-12 had thinks her poem is power- 12 backers with $444 ful. pledged. "I think it's even more She has set several re- powerful combined with wards for varying pledge images that remind us of amounts. More informa-the region around us," she tion about the rewards can said. be found at the website. Stephens, who has been Although Stephens has a Seahawks fan for years, done the drawings for the said she often turns to po- storyboard, the book will etry to express herself. be illustrated by Melissa "I don't claim to be a Speigle. professional writer," she Stephens said she's said. "These are just my been careful about not us- impressions." tWO accs weekly continued from page A-19 Harro Scharbau lives on Agate Road. He has been selling at the mar- ket for four years and tries to get out there every Saturday. Harro sells Northwest-related art representing wildlife and sea life. He uses sal- vaged and repurposed materials that he gets locally from job sites and mills. His art can go inside and outside the home. Most of the cedar he uses is leftover scraps from the cedar mill on Agate Road. Julie Henderson has lived in the Phil- lips Lake area for 13 years. She has been selling at the market for five years. Julie is the pickle and dog treat lady, known mostly for her zucchini bread and butter pickles. She uses her grandmother's reci- pe that has been passed market down from generation to generation. Last year, her pickles took first place at the Mason Area Fair. She sells her pickles because she is proud of her fam- ily's secret recipe. Julie also makes organic bone-shaped dog treats, hand-crocheted items, Seahawks headbands, pot-holders and sea- sonal jams. Most of the zucchini she buys is from our farmers mar- ket. It helps her and other vendors make money. It's kind of like keeping it in the family, and Julie feels like they are all family at the market. Just a reminder.... Deadline for news and advertising is Monday at 5:00 p.m.