Stephanie Kallos was born in Idaho and grew up in Nebraska. Before she embraced writing, she had a varied work history which included many years as a musician and a long career in the theatre as an actress and teacher of voice, speech, and dialects.
Her short fiction has been nominated for both a Raymond Carver Award and a Pushcart Prize. Her first novel, Broken for You, was published in 2004; it was chosen by Sue Monk Kidd as a "Today Show" book club selection, and received the Washington State and PNBA Book Awards. Her second novel, Sing Them Home, was published in 2009; a Pacific NW Independent Booksellers bestseller, it was selected as a January '09 IndieNext title.
Kallos lives in Seattle with her family.
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Stephanie Kallos, author of Sing Them Home and Broken For You, chats with BookBrowse reviewer Vy Armour
How did you come up with the idea for Sing Them Home? Not that
tornados are so unusual in Nebraska, but the circumstances of this particular
one are so peculiar and interesting.
The initial idea for Sing Them Home arose from a photo in the March 1974 National Geographic and from my family's personal connection to that photo.
Until I was five, my parents and I lived in Wymore, Nebraska, and among my folks' best friends at that time were Ed and Hope McClure. They lived a few miles outside of town in a 19th century farmhouse that had great historical significance to the community and that Hope had lovingly restored and furnished with period antiques. I still remember a great deal about that house even though the last time I saw it was in 1960, which is when we moved away.
In 1974, in one of those examples of freakish tornadic behavior, a funnel cloud came through, passing by the farmhouse across the road, bouncing over the highway, and landing on the McClure house. Hope, who had MS and was in a wheelchair at the time, was home alone with the youngest of her five children, who ...
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