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2 I The Lovell Chronicle I December 11, 2014 BY DAVID PECK For Lovell native Terri Meeker, writing has always been her love - but she was also her harshest critic. That self-deprecating belief pattern almost caused her to not take a pair of stories to a publisher, but with two books coming out this win- ter and spring, she's glad she did. Meeker's first book, a romantic comedy entitled "Not Quite Darcy," comes out Jan. 6, and a second book, "Angel of the Somme," will be released May 19. The daughter of Wes and the late Ivalee Meek- er and a 1978 graduate of Lovell High School, Meek- er has been writing most of her life. She gets it from her father, she said, who wrote stories throughout his life and even published a book entitled "Remember When" about his life for each of his children. "Part of the reason I write is because my dad was always a writer," she said. "I tend to weave in my hometown and childhood in these books. In my first book, for instance, a char- acter is named Miss Shum- way in honor of my grand- mother, except instead of homesteading near Kane, this woman is attending a ball, which I think Grand- Lovell native Terri Meeker has written two novels that are coming out early next year. dent taught in Belgium for an American school that was part of Supreme Head- quarters Allied Powers Eu- rope, where she studied and it made me cry. I decid- ed, let me see what I can do with this." She posted the book on- line anonymously, received "great feedback" and fin- ished the book. She then attended a writer's confer- ence a year and a half ago and pitched both "Darcy" and 'Angel" to editors. They liked both of them but sug- gested that she add to "Not Quite Darcy." She did so, and the final version will be released in January. "I sold my first book to the first editor I pitched to. I feel very lucky," she said. Meeker's publisher, Samhain Publishing, sent "Not Quite Darcy" to nu- merous outlets for reviews, including Goodreads.com, through which several "power readers" read the novel. Said one reviewer, "This is a fantasy type sto- ry, so suspend disbelief and enjoy a good romp of fall- ing through the looking glass. The characters are enjoyable." Wrote another: "Time travel to Victorian En- gland? Check! Spunky her- oine? Check. Totally unas- suming but appealing hero? Check!" And wrote a third: "I never imagined there could be a cross between contem- porary chick-lit and a re- Parade of Lights, Santa visit, Jingle Jaunt among Byron Yule events Dec. 12, 20 BY BOB RODR UF7 With a theme of "Christmas: Past, Present, Future," the Town of By- ron's community Christ- mas program will comprise a sleighful of attractions in- cluding the inaugural Pa- rade of Lights and the first Jingle Jaunt, plus a vis- it by Santa for lighting the town's Yule tree and posing for photos with children. All the events except the Jingle Jaunt fun walk/ run are set for Friday, Dec. 12. The holiday Jingle Jaunt will be held Satur- day, Dec. 20, said Victoria Dickson, director of the By- ron Recreation Dept. Featured for Dec. 12, she said, are: can of food to be donated to needy families, Dickson said. On Saturday the 20th the premiere of the Jingle Jaunt, billed by Dickson as a 1-mile or 5k run/walk, will be held. Signups will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the foyer of the Rec Center. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Dickson said advance registration can be accom- plished by calling or texting her at 254-9743. The entry fee of $5 includes a shirt for the first 25 to register, Dickson said. Christmas parade on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. Dickson added, "Beiiag that it's our first year it will be very small and short with only a few floats. We hope that through the years it will grow. Please come on down and enjoy the small yet fun parade and the oth- er events." Lighting of the Christ- mas Tree, the huge pine in front of the Rec Center on Main Street, at 6:30 p.m. by St. Nick. Cookies and hot co- coa in the Rec Center cafe- teria with Santa at 7 p.m. Dickson said that photo op- Merrill Tebbs Aug. 27, 1938 - Dec. 9, 2014 Thomas Merrill Tebbs, 76, died in Lovell on Dec. 9, 2014, at North Big Horn Hospital. He was born in Cowley on Aug. 27, 1938, the son of Jesse Meeks and Harriett Merrill Tebbs. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which will take place at a later date. ma might have preferred to World War I history, pro- gency romance, but that's portunities with the jolly clearing sagebrush." viding valuable background exactly what this glorious ld elf will be available but I!h :2 ]1] After graduating in for her second novel, "Angel book is. Meeker has man- that attendees should bringeBibleCh,,,','q '78, Meeker worked for the of the Somme," which is the aged to combine two of my their own cameras. Lovell Chronicle for a cou- first book in a trilogy about ri currently live in Spring- favorite genres, and she eThe evening will con- [w~Serv~ce Rev. K.~MeNabb| ple of years, and it was World War I. field, Mo., though they kept does it with flair and wit. elude with a showing of the [ Sunday School Lovell J during that time that some "My dad's experiences their home in Washington It's funny, romantic and in- movie, "A Christmas Car- [Jo:30am 56E. Main [ [Bible Lesson of her inspiration for "Not in the Korean War actually and hope to retire there, teresting all at once, and it o1," in the center auditori- [6 pm Quite Darey," came about, went a long way to inspiring Daughter Laine, 27, is makes me want more." urn. Admission is to be one " "Back when I worked at the Chronicle, my old ed- itor, Pat Schmidt, let me have six weeks off to visit England," Meeker said. "I traveled with a high school this trilogy, and there are even more local references in this one," she said. "I've named a lot of the charac- ters after local people in his unit. And there is a Cap- a graphic designer in Seat- tle, daughter Dana, 23, is a radiographer in Seattle and son Jack, 19, is with his parents in Springfield. While teaching histo- "Not Quite Darcy is available through various outlets, including Amazon. corn, and Meeker noted that she will have a virtual party on Facebook on the release friend, Sheri Lundberg, tain Lovell as well as a few ry in school and raising her day, Jan. 6, giving out lots a~ad"we Stayed at my un, names of'places on the Big family, Terri Meeker began of prizes and free copies. cle's home in LOndon. That Horn Mountains." to wriie: '~I~ Would love to have l~o~e is the setting for my Meeker married her col- "I would start, but itsome~':'Wyomingites join," DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH LATE RENT OR UTILITIES? first book, although my sto- ry is a time-travel tale and takes place in 1873. My edi- tor describes it as a "roman- tic time-travel comedy with a twist." Meeker attended the University of Wyoming and earned a degree in histo- ry, social studies and sec- ondary education. She stu- lege sweetheart, Mike Gar- rett, and the family, includ- ing three children, has lived in Washington, DC, Virgin- ia Beach, Philadelphia, Se- linsgrove, Pa., Albuquer- que and Anacortes, Wash., on Fildago Island, follow- ing Mike's career as a writ- er of computer software for healthcare. Mike and Ter- became too overwhelming, and I would stop," she said. "I didn't like what I wrote." She nearly scrapped "Not Quite Darcy," but af- ter her mother died, she re- turned to the book. "Two weeks after Mom died (November of 2010), I read my old story," Meek- er said. "It made me laugh she said. "Contact info is on my webpage (terrimeeker. ocom), or they can just email me at terri@terrimeeker. com. "I'm just finishing up a book about Billy the Kid. 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