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“John D.,’ Mamma said…,
‘Promise me that some day you will write a story about the little people who built the West-the people like Papa, Uncle Will, Uncle Mark, Aunt Cathie, Bishop Aden, Hal Gentry, Grandpa and Grandma Nielsen.’ “

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Finding Fitzgerald by Carrie Lynn


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Are you fan of John D. Fitzgerald’s books? The Great Brain Series? Papa Married a Mormon?

My love affair with them began when I was eleven years old. Hearing them for the first time, sitting by a camp fire in the California Redwoods. Listening to Mom read them aloud. Instantly hooked, I read the series until it was cover worn. Hungry for details beyond the book pages, I visited his hometown, hunted endlessly online and offline seeking the inspiration behind these incredible stories. Today I share those discoveries with his fans.

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Papa Married a Mormon


Amazon.com writes, “This story is loosely based on the true story of a Mormon who married a Catholic and lived in a small town Mormon community in the times of the old west. Also includes the struggles of children who have to decide between each parents’ religion.”

The Great Brain

Great Brain...

Penguin Random House writes – “The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. Whether it’s saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top-and line his pockets in the process.”