Former resident, now author, to
sign books, talk at public library
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:21 AM
Spring Valley native Mark Reps will be signing his books, including his newest one, "Adios Angel," during Christmas on Broadway Saturday, Dec. 14.
In addition to "Adios Angel," he will be signing previous writings "Holes in the Sky" and "Native Blood" when he will appear at the Spring Valley Public Library on Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to also speak about his books. The books are a series set in the southwestern United States, in the town of Safford, Ariz., and on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. The protagonist is Sheriff Zeb Hanks.
The online synopsis of Reps's newest release, "Adios Angel," the book featured at the signing, reads, "Sheriff Zeb Hanks has his hands full when sociopath Jimmie Joe Walker, recently released from an Arizona state prison, masterminds a devious plan to make himself filthy rich. His plan involves Ángel Gómez, a down-on-his-luck half Mescalero Apache, half Mexican. Ángel's alcoholism and far-fetched dreams make him an unwitting dupe in Jimmie Joe's plans, which end up endangering Ángel's own life as well as the lives of those he loves."
Reps is currently writing two more books and has seven others that he will soon be publishing, all of them mysteries. The two additional books are part of the series, one that continues in succession with the first three, and one that goes back to Zeb's childhood and his development "so we can see why he is who he is," said Reps.
The author, who left Spring Valley when he was 18, now resides in Lakeland, Minn., and Chandler, Ariz., being semi-retired from a career in chiropractic and acupuncture. He credits having grown up in Spring Valley with setting his compass toward a career as a writer.
"It made all the difference in the world," he said. "Everyone should have the opportunity to grow up in a town like Spring Valley. I tell people that all the time. I have many lifelong friends from Spring Valley."
Reps stated that being an author "is great fun - anyone can do it - but it is hard work," and he thanked Spring Valley resident Elsa Biel for her investment in his books as his editor. He's pleased to be able to share his books with the citizens of his hometown.
"I believe people in Spring Valley love to see one of their own succeed, as a matter of hometown pride," said Reps. "I look forward to seeing people and having a discussion on the books."
He also finds it important to sign books at the Spring Valley library "because I learned to love the library at the old Spring Valley library, and Spring Valley is home to me."
He invited the public to enjoy his writing, and write reviews on amazon.com, where his books are sold. The more reviews, the more favorably Amazon will promote the books, he explained. However, he invited people to "stop by and say hi, even if you don't want the books - if you do want them, they make good Christmas presents."
For more information about the event at the library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., contact the library at 346-2100.