Jaydine Rendall — Author Spotlight
Today I’m excited to welcome author Jaydine Rendall as she lets us get to know her a little better. Jaydine is welcoming you all to her book launch — watch for details — and will give a free ebook to one lucky winner who leaves a comment. So settle back and enjoy getting to know Jaydine.
Like many authors, I started first as a voracious reader. I grew up devouring Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey novels. My love of reading led me to a degree in English, various jobs as a non-fiction freelance writer, and teaching teenagers to read and write. To keep up with my students, I learned to read about werewolves, vampires, zombies, fairies, witches, and superheroes. But, given a choice, I’d choose historical fiction any time!
Also, like many authors, I dreamed of someday writing a book of my own. Of course, it would be historical fiction set in the Wild West. But, sitting down to actually write a book is daunting, and there are so many other aspects to life that come first. Until, one day, in the solitude of the Colorado mountains, an opportunity presented itself that nibbled and nagged at me: the potential to be the Writer in Residence for the High Plains Library District. I decided to apply for two reasons. One, it required a writing sample which would force me to paint words on a page, and two, if I were accepted, I’d actually have to write the entire novel that had been kicking around in my head for years.
It’s been nearly a year since that fateful moment when I was chosen as the first Writer in Residence for Weld County, Colorado. Since then, I’ve written not one, but two young reader historical fiction novels. The first, High Plains Heroes: Josiah, is now available in paperback and e-versions at all the usual outlets. The sequel, High Plains Heroes: Laughing Wolf, will be out in the fall. And, the third book in the series, Bethy, has been thoroughly researched and is well underway. Spring of 2018 should see that one on the shelves.
The books are meticulously researched and full of fascinating facts about northern Colorado and Wyoming. Josiah Sullivan is a 13-year-old boy who thinks being in Colorado Territory in 1862 is quite an adventure. His older sister, Bethy, isn’t so sure. The isolation of their homestead in the newly created Weld County isn’t exactly the life a teenage girl dreams of. When Josiah meets a young Arapaho boy, he can’t quite decide if the Native American is a friend or foe. But, they work together to save Bethy from the clutches of three violent outlaws. The Sullivan family is very real to me. I hope that you have young readers in your life who would enjoy a fast-paced tale of friendship and survival. Josiah is Lexiled at 670 and is appropriate for readers in the third to seventh grades.
I welcome you to join me along the dusty roads of the American West. Join the conversation here and be entered into a drawing to win an electronic version of Josiah. Even better, come see me! The Greeley History Museum is hosting the book launch event for Josiah on May 20 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. I’ll be giving a short program and signing books. Thanks to the generosity of the High Plains Library District, admission to the museum is FREE if you’re visiting for the book launch. The Greeley History Museum is located at 714 8th Street in downtown Greeley.
For all the latest information on the High Plains Heroes, please follow me on my website: www.jaydinerendall.com.
Read the first page of her latest book: