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Retired, Kuhn turns to fiction

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@by:"No Longer Afraid"

@t:What: A 282-page women's fiction novel

Author: Bobbie Kuhn, writing as Bobbie Jean

Available: Kindle version at Amazon.com; paperback through Lulu.com or in River Falls at Karma Gifts, Freeman Drug and Little New York; check-out volumes at the River Falls and Hudson public libraries.

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Price: Kindle version, $9.99; paperback, $14.99

More information: www.bobbiejeansbooks.com

The stories have been bubbling inside her for years--nearly her whole life actually--and now Bobbie Kuhn has put them into a novel.

After a career spent teaching students how to write essays, reports and research papers, the River Falls woman has used the early years of her retirement to publish what she expects will be the first of three novels.

Book One of her "Home to Lake Louise" series tells the story of two people, an abuse survivor turned expert on relationship issues and the man who first notices her in a photo, and then meets her when she is hired by the college where he teaches.

The story, said Kuhn, isn't based on the life of one woman, but is rather "a compilation of lots of ladies whose stories I've heard over the years."

Kuhn, now 64, was born in Sparta. Early on, she saw her dreams discounted by a father who didn't believe girls needed either a college education or a driver's license.

But with the help of an uncle, Kuhn applied for college and financial aid and, in the fall of 1964, her mother and uncle drove her to her dorm at the then-Wisconsin State University-La Crosse.

"As it turned out, sneaking off to college was the straw that broke the camel's back," writes Kuhn on her website. After she left home, her father abandoned them, leaving her mother to support the family.

Finding working her way through college was harder than she expected, Kuhn dropped out. But after the appeal of a minimum-wage job in Florida wore off, she took a bus back to Sparta and her mother, who encouraged her to return to college.

"No Longer Afraid"

What: A 282-page women's fiction novel

Author: Bobbie Kuhn, writing as Bobbie Jean

Available: Kindle version at Amazon.com; paperback through Lulu.com or in River Falls at Karma Gifts, Freeman Drug and Little New York; check-out volumes at the River Falls and Hudson public libraries.

Price: Kindle version, $9.99; paperback, $14.99

More information: www.bobbiejeansbooks.com

For more please read the Sept. 29 print version of the Herald

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