Local author brings listeners back to wild 1890s Oregon Coast

Local author Linda B. Myers has “one-woman” reading at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at One of a Kind Gallery, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.

The reading is from her new historical fiction novel, “Fog Coast Runaway.” This free event will take about an hour. Attendees are asked to come early for a free glass of wine and to shop the gallery’s art. The gallery will sell the book for $14.95.

Myers won her first creative contest in the sixth grade and has been writing ever since. After a marketing career in Chicago, she traded in snow boots for rain boots and moved to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula along with her Maltese, Dotty.

She writes a monthly humor column for the Sequim Gazette and has authored eight novels, all set in Oregon or Washington, available in print or ebook at local retailers and on Amazon.com.

“Fog Coast Runaway” is about a 12-year-old Adelia Wright, a child never knew her mother and whose father, a lighthouse keeper far out to sea, is distant — literally and figuratively.

After her brother bullies her once too often, Adelia decides there has to be a better home elsewhere, one with less pain, more affection, and enough to eat. Her journey takes her to Seaside, Ore., where she works in the scullery of a posh hotel. She is soon on the run again, sought for murder of a guest.

Adelia finds temporary shelter in a logging camp, then makes her way to the filthy docks of Swilltown in what is today’s Astoria. As she grows to womanhood, she discovers that the love of a collected family can outshine a birth family. The lighthouse at Tillamook Rock is not the only beacon that lights her way.

Local author brings listeners back to wild 1890s Oregon Coast