Meet the People Behind the Scenes at
Persis Granger ~ author
was raised on a dairy farm in the small town of Hillsdale, NY. After college,
my husband Richard and I fell in love with the Adirondack region, and we moved
with our two daughters to Thurman, NY, in 1976.
I've loved to read ever
since I learned how, and I grew up with novels tucked under my mattress, in the
laundry basket, and in a secret hiding place beneath an unused heat register in
my bedroom floor. I guess it was just natural that I would love writing, too,
but it took me a long time to get around to it.
When my kids were grown
I wrote an occasional article for the local papers, and finally, in 2002, I published
my first book, a nonfiction work for adults called Shared Stories from
Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace. That gave me the
confidence to write Adirondack Gold and the Adirondack Gold
Teacher's Guide. On July 1, 2008, Adirondack Gold II: A Summer
of Strangers made the scene. It picks up the story of Hollis Ingraham
in 1898, and has a lot of mystery and intrigue.
takes a lot of help to create books, and my family pitched in. My husband and
youngest daughter contributed the illustrations, and the rest of my family became
my support staff. Read about them below. To order books, click here.
I continue to enjoy freelance work, and have had pieces published in Adirondack
Life, Adirondack Family, Orlando Woman, Ecolocal
Guide, Adirondack Guest Informer and BackRoads,.
Book writing has opened many wonderful doors for me. I visit schools, libraries,
book clubs and support groups to present programs, and I've met such neat people.
Somehow, that led me to begin hosting events for writers, begun in 2006 with writer
Cassie Selleck, who has since left the business. I welcome inquiries about the
Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat (this year
a three-day memoir workshop with Irene Sherlock) and the St.
George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat for Women (with outstanding YA novelist
Adrian Fogelin). Writers may register and pay from this web site.
am a member of The Adirondack Center for Writing, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts
Council, Writers and Editors, International Women's Writing Guild, and have pages
on Facebook, MySpace, Author's Den, LinkedIn, Etsy, JacketFlap (http://www.jacketflap.com/pgranger)
and probably some other places I registered on in the middle of the night on some
wild and crazy impulse. I've found useful written material on the websites of
all of these organizations (and more), as well as Poets and Writers, Inc.
(See links for these groups on my page of resources
for writers.) I also have a blog, accessed at http://persisgranger.blogspot.com/.
Laurel (Granger) Nittinger ~
I've always enjoyed drawing, so when my mom asked me to illustrate these
books for her, I was more than happy to take on the task. I took a few drawing
and painting courses for fun while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Now I'm employed by
Mehigan, Robert & Bellone, Inc., of Schenectady, New York, as a communications
consultant for the New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits
Division. I still like to draw and paint in my free time and also enjoy graphic
design and woodworking. I live in South Bethlehem, New York, with my husband John,
sons Charlie and Will, and dog Chester. John
helps Mom with her computer problems, and Charlie and Will add comic relief.
drew the maps.
Here's a little information about him:
I'm the author's husband.
I grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, and my friends
and I used to spend hours in the woods building hideouts from branches, logs and
scrap lumber. In 1989, after I was grown up, I decided to build a real house out
of logs cut from our own woods at the foot of Crane Mountain. It was a big project,
and after it was done I built four more small log cabins. Before I began building
log cabins, our family had a small farm where we raised and preserved most of
our own food.
Robin Granger ~ proofreader
I love details, so proofreading is the perfect job for me! I earned
my Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Potsdam College
of the State University of New York in 1988 and have spent the majority
of my career in marketing and event planning. I am currently Vice President
of Communications and Marketing for The Chamber of Schenectady County
and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. I live in Schenectady,
New York with my husband Brian and our two dogs. I also have a grown
son, Clark Rischbieter. My Contact: email@example.com.
Buckbee ~ book designer
the book can go to the printer, a book designer has to get it formatted
and insert the illustrations. Steve Buckbee used his extensive
experience in printing to prepare Adirondack Gold. He also advised me
on sections of the book dealing with hunting and survival skills. Read
Steve Buckbee, earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology
Education from the State University of New York at Oswego. In 2002,
he became a New York State licensed guide in hunting, fishing and camping.
He owns and operates New
York Outdoor Adventures (NYOA), a guiding and booking service
for outdoorsmen across New York State. He works in the printing business.
was the book's first critic, listening carefully to the early drafts
of the first chapters. He prodded me to hurry up and get it done, and
posed for the illustrations on both book covers. Here's a little bit
Clark Rischbieter, grandson of the author. graduated
from the Shenendehowa School District of Clifton Park, New York. where
he played bass and did vocals in a band called "Enigmatic Heart"
that he and his friendsstarted. I also enjoy guitar and graphic design.
He went on to attend Penn State, where he majored in business, graduating
in May 2014.
is a long-time family friend of the Grangers and one of the Crane Mountain Valley
Boys, the Beaver Meadow Lodge house band. He plays guitar and mandolin.
Tom is an educator with a strong IT background, and has a long-time
interest in web developmemt and is an advocate of Linux, Apple, and
operating systems. He is Beaver Meadow Publishing's original web
site creator. (It worked perfectly till I started messing with
it. If I've created problems, please notify me
by clicking the contact link on the navigation bar. I'll try to fix
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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