Author Talks at the Matthews

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Author Talks at the Matthews returns with a new lineup of local writers ready to dive into their stories, their methods, and their inspirations. Join us in the fireplace room every Tuesday at 12:30 for an hour with some of the best authors in the Black Hills area!

Are you interested in presenting an Author Talk? Contact us at 605-717-6967 or [email protected]

Featured author…

March 7: Belle Fourche Writers

The Many Faces of Marnie Anderson, presented by the Belle Fourche Writers

Belle Fourche Writers 2022 “Writers’ Challenge” asked each writer to “birth a character” and then use two or more of the characters in a story. One character, Marnie Anderson, a 45-year-old City Administrator of Scandinavian descent, appears in several stories. Marnie is successful at her career but hides the one thing she wishes she had been able to achieve. Come meet Marnie as she appears in three stories.

Meet the authors…
Joan Gerkin is a South Dakota native, moving to Belle Fourche in 1989. Her early years as a farm wife and mother, was followed by a twenty-year career as a Fairfield Inn by Marriott General Manager. Now retired, she draws on her life experiences for writing inspiration.

Lynda Edwards began writing after taking creative writing courses provided by Community Education of the Black Hills. Her writings include fiction, poetry, and memoirs f other childhood ranch life. Her writings have won awards at the SD State Fair.

Eric Beeman grew up in Minnesota. After high school, he served four years in the US Navy, then enrolled in an electronics program. He retired in 2019 after a career as a maintenance technician.

The Character of Marnie Anderson

She is a 45-year-old white female of Scandinavian descent. Her 5’ 10” tall, 160-pound frame shows her athletic body and love of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing and biking. With long, straight blonde hair and blue eyes she is attractive in business suits or active wear. Marney was born and raised on a farm outside La Crosse, WI. The oldest of seven children, three brothers and three sisters, Marnie was expected to lead by example.  She earned her MBA from the University of Minnesota, bringing her immense success as a sought-after City Administrator. She has lived in Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa before taking her new position in Sunnyside, at $250,000.00 per year. Marnie loves the challenge that each new community brings to her goal of being the best in her chosen profession. Marnie has never failed to succeed in achieving the goals each community set out.  In working her way up, the ladder of success, never spending more than three years in one community, she left behind her husband Arthur, a high school principal who chose to stay in Iowa. Marnie has no doubts when it comes to her career, but hides the one thing she wishes she had been able to achieve.

Coming Soon…

March 14: Viktoriia Peterson

Stay tuned as we gather more information about author Viktoriia Peterson and her discussion on flash fiction memoir.


Date and Time:


Tuesday, March 7, 2023


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm





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