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Authors talk about their written words

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Often, when food is offered at an event, people attend with an “I-only-came-for-the-food” mentality. That wasn’t the case at the Writer/Reader Rap last Monday evening.

That night, an eclectic group of readers gathered at Loma Colorado Main Library to meet and mingle with an equally eclectic set of local authors.

The writers discussed their books, the genres they fit and what they are about. At the end of each author’s presentation, readers were allotted time to ask questions.

Author Barbara Langner kept the group intrigued as she talked about “The Detectives Who Loved Opera,” a fantastical story based on the “haunting” of Downtown Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre by a phantom.

Some new facts about Coronado’s expedition came to light as Dennis Herrick described his “Winter of the Metal People.” Alternating Spanish and Pueblo chapters based on accurate records of the last 500 years, the book explains the truth about the expedition and rights some myths that are wrong.

Katherine Pomonis.

Katherine Pomonis.

David P. Wagner’s “Cold Tuscan Stone” is a new murder-mystery book that incorporates factual history and art about the Etruscan people. Set in Tuscany, Italy, in the small hill village of Volterra, the book tells the story of detective Rick Montoya, who has moved to Italy from Santa Fe as a translator, but is later recruited as a unofficial undercover detective to solve a murder.

Know anything about the history of Grecian people moving to New Mexico? Katherine Pomonis shared some of the research that went into her book, “Uncovering the History of the Albuquerque Greek Community, 1880-1952,” which tells why and how the Greeks came over land and sea to New Mexico. She included some personal stories of her father coming to Albuquerque from Greece, and why many Greeks opened restaurants.

All writers have personal reasons for writing what they are writing, Wagner said.

“The first rule of writing is writing about something that you like,” he said. “The second rule would be to develop your characters, for they are very important.”

For more information on the Writer/Reader Rap or, if you’re an author, how you could feature your work, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Terry Erskine at 891-5013.