Local Author Publishes First Novel
GPRC alumna and Grande Prairie native Deborah Bramowicz (Ashton) publishes thriller.
Champaign, Illinois - Years ago, author Deborah Ashton was given the task to organize and catalogue the city of Grande Prairie’s entire collection of newspapers at the local library. What ensued was a thrilling adventure into a fascinating local history. The experience was also the seed of an idea: a story of a small town with a terrifying dark secret. The result is the thrilling novel, Headline Alberta published in paperback and on Amazon Kindle on December 10, 2013.
“Headline Alberta is a novel about a town so deeply wrapped in mystery and secrets that the residents don’t know how to untangle themselves,” said Ashton.
Something terrible happened in Headline, Alberta in 1975, tearing apart two best friends, Suzanne and Beatrice. In 1995, another tragedy brings Beatrice back to town and she is stunned by what she finds. Why does no one else in the whole town see what is happening? Beatrice brings Suzanne into her discovery, and together they decide to get to the bottom of the big Headline mystery that no one wants to talk about. The two friends force each other to see their own past, present and future in a new light, and at the same time, figure out why so many people are dying on Highway 65 outside of Headline. The truth is in the headlines.
Ashton was born and raised in Alberta, growing up on a small farm outside of Valleyview. There her family led an adventurous life of farming, camping, fishing and flying in her dad's small airplane. She lived in Grande Prairie throughout the 80's and 90's, working in radio and live theatre. In 1998, she and daughter Joelle moved to Illinois where Ashton achieved her degree in Computer Science in 2000. Today Ashton, husband Eric and son Adam continue the adventure, road tripping throughout Canada and the United States. Headline Alberta is her first novel.
Ashton posts commentary on writing and her numerous other interests to her blog on her website: headlinealberta.com. You will find purchase details for Headline Alberta on the website, Facebook, Twitter and on Amazon. The novel was published in both paperback and ebook format through Amazon.