Aug 17, 2015

Author to debut Yellowstone-themed fantasy novel in Cody

Myrtle Brooks will debut her fantasy novel, “The Geyser Girl of Yellowstone Park,” on Thursday at the Cody library.

The author talk starts at 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

"This book has been 50 years in the making," said Brooks.

She visited Yellowstone as a 10-year-old child and started a short story when she got home.

When she returned to the park in 2009, the memory came back to her and she wrote this book.

It is the story of a girl of mysterious origins adopted by Old Faithful Geyser and a buffalo named Flower of the Steam Basin. She takes a vow to protect Yellowstone's heritage and is forced to chose between her safety and her sworn duties.

Brooks says her goal is "to educate others, that it is equally essential for us to take care of the earth, as it is to be sustained by her."

"Tending a place such as Yellowstone is a stewardship not to be taken lightly, and is not reserved for those with uniforms and badges alone," she says on her website.

Myrtle Brooks is a pen name. The author lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a postal clerk. This is her first novel.

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