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  • 'A story-loving culture'

    Portland mystery writer April Henry revisits her Southern Oregon roots
  • It wasn't until April Henry was in her late 20s that she realized anyone can write books — not just special, gifted, wealthy people with prep school educations.
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    • Excerpt from "Girl Stolen":
      "Who knew if anyone was watching her now or if a bush covered the window? Who knew that even if she managed to get out, she wouldn't immediately find an obstacle — that out-of-control dog, a ...
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      Excerpt from "Girl Stolen":
      "Who knew if anyone was watching her now or if a bush covered the window? Who knew that even if she managed to get out, she wouldn't immediately find an obstacle — that out-of-control dog, a barbed-wire fence or a man with fists or even a gun? Who knew that Griffin wouldn't just break down the door, run to the window and shoot her in the back?

      "There was no time to think, no time to hesitate. Cheyenne took a deep breath and slid the window up, praying that Griffin wouldn't hear the faint rattle over the water gurgling down the sink's drain. At the base of her throat, she could feel her heart pounding. She fought back the urge to cough. She tucked the trail of cord into her sock, so that it wouldn't catch on anything. Moving fast, Cheyenne put down the seat and lid on the toilet, climbed up and braced her hands on the windowsill."

      If you go

      What: Book signing and reading by April Henry, a Portland adult and young adult mystery writer and daughter of the late TV journalist and Jackson County Commissioner Hank Henry

      When: 7 p.m. today

      Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford
  • It wasn't until April Henry was in her late 20s that she realized anyone can write books — not just special, gifted, wealthy people with prep school educations.
    So she dropped her writing job with a hospital chain and started pecking out detective, suspense and teen drama novels.
    Now, Henry, 55, a graduate of Medford Senior High School, has published 17 books, made the New York Times hardcover bestseller list for adult fiction and earns a good bit more than she made as a medical center flack writing things such as, "How to Live with Your Uterine Cancer," she says.
    Henry is the daughter of the late Hank Henry, who was a local TV journalist from 1964 to 1982 and afterward served on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Later, he was the voice of Jefferson Public Radio's "As It Was" history segments.
    "We kids were always the b-roll (random film) for weather stories and back -to-school stories on KTVL," says April Henry, of Portland, who is back in Southern Oregon this week on a book promotion tour. She will speak today at Ashland and South Medford high schools in hopes of inspiring students who might become authors someday.
    She will also read from her work and sign books at 7 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford.
    "My dad dreamed of being an author but never got around to it," she says. "When I was a kid, he gave me books on how to write. That lit the spark. I wish I'd started younger, but I had this idea that novelists spoke French, went to boarding schools and had horses — but I think I had them mixed up with the rich. I was in my 20s when I realized they were real people — and I didn't try to write a book till I was 30."
    Henry got a business degree from Oregon State University, married another writer and they raised a child. They live in Portland, and Henry confesses to missing the hills and beauty of her native Southern Oregon.
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