Goshen County Library gathered a plethora of Wyoming writers for their Wyoming Author Day. Writers gathered at 21st and Main on Aug. 17 to spotlight their literature, meet readers, sign autographs, and inevitably, sell copies of their books.
Some authors had multiple publications, others had only one, a few were from the other side of the state, and several were from here in Goshen County.
John Nesbitt teaches English at Eastern Wyoming College and is a published author of more than 25 books, as well as short stories – ranging from traditional western fiction, to retro/noir fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Nesbitt started small, he said, writing short stories, but those led to novel writing. All of which, started more than 40 years ago.
“I’ve wrote for a long time,” he said. “I guess I just couldn’t help from doing it.”
While he’s wrote many titles, there’s one that’s dearest to him now.
“Oh, I would say Castle Butte is dearest, right now, primarily because of the trending that it is reaching,” he said.
Nesbitt explained that it has received several awards and is popular among varies readers currently. The book is about seventeen-year-old Alden Clare, who has plenty weighing on him: an ailing father, a restless older brother, and an impatient girlfriend. Nesbitt says it’s a young boy who has to become an adult quicker than usual, who has to handle many trying things, but attempts to figure things out.
While Nesbitt has many books available, Diane Nighswonger, another local author, just published her first book, The Lucien Saga in April.
“It’s playing off a fairy tale,” Nighswonger said.
She explained that she wanted stories with a happier ending than those that end with death or violence. She wanted it happy – which she did. The Lucien Saga is five tales about the kings who are rescued, kidnapped, ignored, and mocked by the girls they love. It includes fairy’s and at the event, she included small colored pencils for children to decorate the inside pictures of her book.
Nighswonger dedicated the book to her mother, who she said, encouraged her to tell stories and write.