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Wildcat Writers

Posted on 07.11.22 by Debbie Harmon Ferry '90 in College of Arts & Science, School of Business

We know Wildcat graduates go on to do amazing things. We recently asked our alumni for books and pieces they've written to share with the Linfield community. There's a little something on this compiled list for everybody.

Craig Allen ’76

Univision, Telemundo, and the Rise of Spanish-Language Television in the United States

In the most comprehensive history of Spanish-language television in the United States to date, Craig Allen traces the development of two prominent yet little-studied powerhouses, Univision and Telemundo. Allen tells the inside story of how these networks fought enormous odds to rise as giants of mass communication within an English-dominated society.

Today, Univision and Telemundo are multibillion-dollar television providers that equal ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox in scale and stature. While Univision remains a beacon of U.S. television’s internationalization, Telemundo―owned by NBC―is a worldwide leader in producing Spanish-language programs. 

Using archival sources and original interviews to reconstruct power struggles and behind-the-scenes intrigue, Allen uses this exciting narrative to question monolingual and Anglo-centered versions of U.S. television history. He demonstrates the endurance, innovation and popularity of Spanish-language television, arguing that its story is essential to understanding the Latinx history of contemporary America.

Find Craig's book on Amazon

Shawn Deal '88

Stage plays – drama and comedy.

Heuer Publishing:

  • Wishing Moon (Heuer Publishing)
  • Loopy (Heuer Publishing)
  • Something Magical (Heuer Publishing)

Brooklyn Publishing:

  • Senior Year Ghost Story
  • Dad’s Pennies
  • Toss of a Coin
  • The Trouble with Frogs

Pioneer Drama Services:

  • Love at First Thought
  • Beautiful

Holly Duckworth '98

Sell More Stress Less: 52 Tips To Be A Mindful Sales Professional

Who are you BEING when you are SELLING? Do you dream of being your organization’s top sales award-winner? Do you find yourself competing with the real or artificial intelligence sales“bot” to get your product or service in front of clients? Sales processes have become unsustainable. Every year sales goals get higher and higher. Sales professionals are struggling to keep their own sanity while serving their clients with presence.

If you are ready to think differently and bring effective well-being to every day in the week, this is the book for you.

“Being a salesperson is stressful and full of pitfalls. This book teaches every sales professional the right techniques and tips to increase sales while reducing stress levels. Holly and Eric do a seamless job injecting practical and useful tips to make the sales process more mindful.”

Find Holly's book on Amazon

Thomas Fast '90

Impact 4

A textbook for English language learning published by National Geographic Learning.

Find Impact 4 on Amazon

John L. Hart '68

The Killing School: Unspeakable

Third book in the Murder on the Mekong series released on June 22, 2022.

Ghost Soldier Jerry Prince reappears at a dark ops CIA campus known as The Killing School in South Vietnam, 1969. Thanks to a brilliant scientist with his own kind of kink, Jerry is completely transformed –physically, mentally, emotionally – via experimentation until 1975 when the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) swoops down to gobble up the entirety of South Vietnam while the US deserts their allies.

A cast of familiar characters are once more thrust into physical and moral jeopardy while the forces of evil appear to triumph in the form of the world’s most powerful dirty diplomat, Phillip Jordan, and his associated nasties. Political intrigue, clandestine affairs, torture, mind control, drugs and passion abound in this immoral fable where a compass is easily lost—even as love, redemption and brotherhood are found in the most unexpected places. 

Find it on Amazon and Murder on the Mekong 

John Kerr ’79

Dreamers Before the Mast

A history of the tall ship Regina Maris as told by the captains, crew, scientists and students who sailed her around the world researching the great whales and following the wake of Captain James Cook on his voyage to discover Australia in 1770 for England.

Find it: Amazon (hard copy) or Digital Commons @ Linfield (free)

James Meyer '75

These Fair Days

A series of poems with a wry sense of humor and honest insight depicting life in rural Oklahoma.

Find it: Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abe Books

Mary Barmeyer O'Brien '75

Fiction and nonfiction stories primarily of overland trail travelers during the mid-1800s focused especially on women:

  • Across Death Valley
  • Outlasting the Trail
  • Heart of the Trail
  • Jeannette Rankin: Bright Star in the Big Sky
  • Days on the Road
  • The Promise of the West
  • May: The Hard-Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton
  • Toward the Setting Sun
  • Into the Western Winds

Find them at independent bookstores and larger outlets like Amazon.

Al Riske '77

Literary fiction that explores interpersonal conflicts:

  • Precarious
  • Sabrina's Window
  • The Possibility of Snow
  • Then We'd Be Happy
  • Combustible Contemporary

Find Al's books on Amazon

Aimie Runyan-Vetter '00

Fiction that celebrates history’s unsung heroines:

  • The School for German Brides
  • Across the Winding River
  • Girls on the Line
  • Daughters of the Night Sky
  • Duty to the Crown
  • Promised to the Crown

Find it anywhere books are sold!

Mark Zeiger '83

A variety of books for practical knowledge, theory, philosophy, inspiration and entertainment:

  • Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska
  • Sacred Coffee: A "Homesteader's" Paradigm
  • More Calories Than Cash: Frugality the Zeiger Family Homestead Way
  • Shy Ghosts Dancing: A collection of dark fiction tales
  • Essays about homesteading and simple living
  • Essays about frugal living from the Zeiger family

Find Mark's books and essays on his website