The winner of her city's writing award, Ryshia's novels have taken her characters from the depression era prairies in her first book, the historic "From the Dust" to the ancient stones of Angkor Wat. There's never a lack of places to set a story as the too long prairie winters occasionally find her with travel journal in hand seeking adventure on foreign shores. While facing off a Monitor Lizard before breakfast or running through the Kasbah chased by an enraged Water Carrier, aren't normal travel experiences and might never find a place in one of her stories, they do make great travel stories. But it's the memories of those exotic worlds, the smell of the spices, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, that often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live, in a place that both or neither may call home. For more, visit her website at
travel, reading, experimental cooking.