New Castle is home to a prolific author |

New Castle is home to a prolific author

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Shannon Bailey

New Castle resident Shannon Bailey is a history buff, mostly of the Victorian Age. “Everything about that time (1837-1901) interests me. The architecture, social graces, clothing, medical and scientific advances of that time are so interesting. I’ve often joked I was born a century too late.” “But the point of view of ‘Her Knight With a Shining Star’ is from a male perspective,” she added.It took her four months to write her first book, “The Haunted Hillerman House.” “It came to me really quickly and I sat down and worked on it nonstop until I was finished,” she said.Articles from “Writer’s Digest” magazine encouraged her to self-publish her books. When writers publish their own books, the writer does all the legwork and goes through a printing house. Shannon created her own book cover, her own registration and copyright information. Shannon released both her books for the first time in 2003. She re-released “The Haunted Hillerman House” last November, and “Her Knight With a Shining Star” in February.

Shannon recommends finding the right printing house. Morris Publishing in Kearney, Neb., did the printing on her re-releases.She says of her books that the slightest infractions of the strict moral rules of the Victorian Age made even simplest overture or gesture even all that more dramatic and romantic.”I try to stay clear of stereotypical pitfalls and include big surprises in each of my stories that I hope leaves the reader thinking, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.” Currently, Shannon is selling her books online at They can be ordered and paid for online, using the secure PayPal system, or download the order form and order them through the mail. The books are also available for check-out at area libraries.Shannon currently has two more books in the works.

Linda Jenks’ next benefit concert will be held for The Advocate Safehouse Project, a nonprofit agency celebrating 20 years of educating, empowering and advocating for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Garfield County. Three Western Slope classical pianists, Linda Jenks, Terry Lee and Andrew Todd will join forces to present the recital at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle. This recital is part of the ongoing St. Mary Performance Series, now in its second season. The three pianists will showcase music from Bach to Brubeck.The St. Mary Performance Series is a project of the Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians (AWSAM), a nonprofit organization established to further artistic performance and education on the Western Slope. General admission for AWSAM concerts is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children under twelve. For more information on the Advocate Safehouse Project call 945-2632 and for more information regarding the concert, please call 984-0419.

Those wishing to volunteer to help keep the Burning Mountain Festival at its traditional time during the third week of July are encouraged to attend the first organizational meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the New Castle Chamber of Commerce facilities at 240 W. Main Street, Suite 1E. New BMF coordinator, Patti Payne, will conduct the meeting. Refreshments will be served.For more information, contact the chamber at 984-2897.

Spring forward! Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this Sunday morning, or before bed on Saturday.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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