Author Laura Kemp to sign books at Rogers City Theater Friday

“https://s3.amazonaws.com/ogden_images/www.thealpenanews.com/images/2019/07/21192340/Laura.KempWEB.jpg” alt=”” width=”238″ height=”294″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-638905″ />This Michigan author loves the Rogers City area so much that she wrote a book set in a small town called “Lantern Creek,” a fictional representation of Rogers City.

“It is based in Rogers City,” said Laura Kemp. “I changed the name of the town.”

Kemp will present her novel “Evening in the Yellow Wood,” at 3 p.m. Friday at Rogers City Theater. She will sign and sell copies of her book following the reading.

“I love writing about stuff I know because I think it gives it authenticity,” said Kemp, who lives in White Pigeon. “When you use a real place, I think it has appeal to readers.”

She spent the summer of 1999 in Rogers City, and fell in love with the area.

“I loved being there,” she said in a phone interview earlier this month. “I love Northern Michigan. I think I’ve introduced some people to your beautiful area.”

She said the book also has some references to Alpena.

“A lot of it is set in Ocqueoc Falls, which is one of my favorite places,” she noted.

As for her book, she said “It kind of defies genre. It has so many different elements — romance, mystery, folklore, suspense.”

She said it references the Ojibwe tribe.

“It’s kind of a fish-out-of-water story too,” she added.

Copies of her book will be $16 each on Friday. It is also available at Amazon.com.

The back of the book reads:

“Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine Cook has lived with her fair share of unanswered questions. Now, ten years later she leaves her life in southern Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. Once there, she discovers her father had been leading a double life and meets the autistic brother she never knew — a young man who is mute but able to read her mind.

“When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff’s deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. But the more they dig for clues to the past, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations.”

“Evening in the Yellow Wood” just received a review from Kirkus Reviews on July 2, which states, “While it’s sometimes disorienting, this wild ride remains enjoyable and well worth the price of admission.”

Read the full review at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/laura-kemp/evening-in-the-yellow-wood/.

Book Riot describes the book on the front cover:

“Laura Kemp’s debut novel ‘Evening in the Yellow Wood’ is what happens when a mystery sticks comedy in its hair like flowers, frolics through a field of romance and then goes tumbling headlong down a magical hole.”

The book is the first in a series of three, with the next one due in 2020. Kemp said of the second book, “Alpena is in it more.”

Kemp’s novel is published by Pandamoon Publishing out of Austin, Texas. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Contact her at laurakemp.author@blogspot.com