The Story Behind the Book: Nibi Soto’s Beyond the Map’s Boundary
My father was born with the ‘Travel Bug’ and passed it on to me. For as long as I can remember we were on the road every summer for the entire length of his vacation. He drove our family all over the United States, Canada and Mexico to see historical landmarks that made the subject of history in school come alive for my brothers and me. By the time I was 17 we had been in every state of the Union a minimum of four times each, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska. After high school I traveled to both of them numerous times, as well as all over the world. I developed a fascination for world history the same as I had for American history. To this day I get an indescribable thrill when I stand in the middle of ancient ruins where my ancestors possibly stood many centuries ago. Places like the streets of the Roman Empire or Ephesus set my imagination on fire. It was amazing to me that… (read more)
Q: What compelled you to write your first book?
I’ve traveled all of my life and have always been fascinated with historical places and ancient things. As I strolled through old, dilapidated structures, I used to imagine how they would have looked when they were first built and what the people were like. Over 20 years ago I began to imagine how wonderful it would be to travel back in time and be apart of their lives for just one day. I entertained some ideas as to how I might do that and began jotting down notes in a book I carried around with me. When two of my granddaughters started writing stories for school, I caught the bug myself. I read the kids my first chapter to see what they thought. To my surprise they loved it and wanted more. As I started on the next chapter it was as if… (read more)
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
Originally born in Idaho, sandwiched between two brothers, my parents moved to Utah when I was six years old. I have lived here the majority of my life at the base of the majestic Wasatch Mountains. I love to learn and am not afraid to apply what I learn. I enjoy the adventurous side of life and get a thrill out of discovering new talents and developing new skills. I figure I’m going to have to live 140 years just to…
Sue Rakes wrote a wonderful book review leading up to the booksigning at Borders Bookstore in Logan, UT on Saturday the 24th of April. Left click on the article and then use your scroll while holding down the control key on your computer keyboard to enlarge the article for you so you can read it easier.