Steve Crabill has always loved a good story, and believes that when we hear or tell a story, especially a true one, it gives us a commonality and triggers something in our hearts. Steve has been telling stories since he was a kid. He has been writing stories for twelve years and has been published in “Thunder Run”, a quarterly magazine for his beloved 11th Armored Cavalry Association. As a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers, he recently won first place in their All Star Gala Writing Competition. He enjoys reading his creative non-fiction short stories with this writers group every month. His collection of stories have appeal for a wide range of ages. Baby boomers will relate to many of them, but older and younger generations will find enjoyment reading them as well. The reader is taken on a journey. This journey gives pictures of life in all its magic, mystery, and even the brutality of war. How about stepping in dog doo and having to ride home on the roof of the family car, for instance? Sound familiar? No? Okay then: you’re working in a veterinary hospital as a teenager, and you have to tell a beautiful young woman that her dog is dead! No problem, she shed not a tear! Just all in a day’s work, and weird work, too! On we go, right to edge of insanity in South East Asia. A twenty-two year old tank driver with nine lives. How does one mainstream back into the “flower child” community after this? It ain’t easy! Step right up folks, you are going to be pulled up, down, and sideways through Steve Crabill’s narrative . There will be situations where the reader will be asking (along with the author), ”Why the hell did this happen?” Usually there won’t be an answer. That is what makes life more interesting, isn’t it? Steve wants his writing to open the door to that part of our heart that reminds us we go through life only once. He believes we all have a wonderful commonality of sharing life’s experiences. As Steve says, "I’ll show you mine, if you’ll show me yours!"

Finding Francie is a memoire about a year in the life of a very naïve and adventure loving young woman the year after she graduated from college in June, 1965. Like so many of her fellow graduates, she was graduating without a job, car, or financial savings. Her college roommate Barbie, had done the responsible thing. Since she had her elementary teaching certificate, she began immediately applying for teaching positions even before graduation. She was hired by a school district in Simi Valley, California. She tried her best to convince Francie to move with her to California. At the same time, Francie’s boyfriend Mike was beginning medical school in Chicago. Mike’s suggestion was a much more practical one. He thought Francie should move back to Kansas City, live with her parents and visit him every few months or so. If she was in Chicago, he said she would be a “distraction”. Clearly she was feeling pulled in several directions. It wasn’t until late August when her summer job ended that she finally made a decision. She was going to take a risk, move to California and let the chips fall where they may. She wrote Barbie a letter explaining her decision, packed her backpack and was on the train heading west before you could blink an eye. Little did she know what laid ahead in California, however. She was beginning an adventure that no one could have predicted.

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Daughter of the Mountains is a “dreams do come true” story, told with honesty and humor. It chronicles the journey of a coal miner’s daughter through childhood in the Appalachian Mountains, marriage, divorce, single parenting, travel and adventure with a new love, and the sometimes humorous aspects of growing older in our technological era. Woven throughout is respect for her Native American roots, a belief in the importance of family, the strength of love, and the enlightenment of aging. At the end of the story, you will feel as if your have made a new friend. The author commissioned artist, Vivien Mann, to create the cover, requesting that she combine the spirit of Sharon’s Cherokee ancestors with the essence of the mountains -- it’s emerald green forests, sapphire skies, and crystal clear streams. The result was “Spirit Guide.