Author's book characters are composites of real people in Southeast

When Christi Slaven's kids were tiny, she set her typewriter down on the breakfast bar in her parents' house and wrote a novel.

She burned all 300 pages when she was done.

"It was terrible," Slaven said.

But she felt better afterward, because she was "going nuts" taking care of her two young daughters. Writing gave her a creative outlet.

Her daughter, Kelly Ellis, who lives and works in Wrangell, remembers that time.

"I was little, 2, 3, 4?" Ellis recalled. "She had a typewriter, and she had a kitchen bar, and she'd stand at the kitchen bar and write. My younger sister and I generally annoyed...


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