Thursday, June 13, 2024

Local Author publishes third novel set in Stehekin


MANSON - Teri Fink, a local author who spent most of her life in Wenatchee, released her third novel, The Restless Lake, on May 6. The novel, set in the Stehekin has already garnered early honors, including the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best in Women's Fiction and glowing reviews from critics.

The Restless Lake follows the stories of Olivia and Luka, two individuals who cross paths while working at a remote ranch. The novel explores themes of secrets, loss, and finding new love as the characters navigate their personal challenges amidst the stunning backdrop of Stehekin. Fink's research for the novel included participating in the "wilderness package" offered by the Stehekin Valley Ranch, which involved kayaking and horseback riding – experiences that proved crucial to the story's authenticity.

Early reviews praised Fink's storytelling abilities and talent for creating compelling characters. Susan Miller from the Seattle Book Review commended Fink's emotional tale and her skill in moving readers with her characters' dilemmas and fantastic prose. The Wishing Shelf Book Review in the UK described the novel as a "gripping drama, tightly written, with a fine cast of characters," highly recommending it to readers.

Fink's previous works have also received critical acclaim. Her second novel, The Clovis Dig, was a runner-up in the Pacific Northwest Writers Nancy Pearl Award for Literary Fiction and a finalist in several other literary competitions. The novel, which combines archaeology and murder, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as a "smart, picturesque novel that's steeped in local culture."

Fink's debut novel, Invisible by Day, set during World War I, intertwines the lives of England's working class and wealthy elite. Described by the author as a "gritty _Downton Abbey_," the novel won the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fiction in 2018. It was named a top finalist in both the Kindle Book Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Historical Fiction.

A former librarian and communications officer for the Wenatchee School District, Fink grew up amidst the apple orchards of Wenatchee and earned her degrees from Central Washington University. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Write on the River.

All of Fink's novels are published by Evolved Publishing in Butler, Wisconsin. They are available in paperback and eBook formats through major online retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo and at A Book for All Seasons in Leavenworth.


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