Local women publish novel
Three sisters write religious story set on Chain
By Holly Neumann
Three sisters, Peggy Nimz Byers and Nancy Nimz Willich, of Waupaca, and Ann Nimz Guyer, Northfield, Minnesota, are the authors of a new fiction series.
According to the women, “String of Pearls” is the first of three books in the A Cord of Three Strands Series.
This Christian-based novel takes its readers to a setting based on the Chain O’ Lakes where the three main characters live next door to each other.
“Ellen has just moved from D.C. and is floundering in this new life in small-town Wisconsin,” said Nancy.
As the story unfolds, Ellen lies in a hospital bed while her husband, Bob, sits in a jail cell. Her new neighbors, Maggie and Wanda, hustle to support the newcomers in spite of doubts about Bob’s behavior.
“Ellen goes back to her friends in Washington, D.C., who are high society,” said Peggy. “Not only is she uncomfortable in Wisconsin, but now she finds that her old friends have moved on and don’t seem to care about her anymore.”
The different personalities of three women blend into a cord of three strands as they kayak, work together to solve a rash of robberies, and strategize about Maggie’s budding romance. The tension that occasionally arises between them is washed away with humor and prayer.
Through her relationship with Maggie and Wanda, Ellen learns to cope with the many difficulties in her new life.
Released in May 2015, “String of Pearls” is now available online in eBook and paperback through www.lydiamoen.com, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million. The paperback version is coming out in stores in about four weeks.
The three women agree that being published authors is a dream come true, that has brought them closer together.
“It is thrilling and a blessing,” said Ann. “Our publisher is a Christian company, and it is more than we expected and all that we hoped for.”
“God has a plan for my life, and I am so thankful,” added Nancy. “The book is total frosting on a cake with sprinkles.”
Peggy never expected to be a writer.
“In addition to strengthening my relationship with the Lord, I feel so blessed to be spending high quality time with Ann and Nancy,” she said.
In honor of their grandmothers, Lydia Genrich and Ada Moen, and their great-aunt Ellida Moen, the trio writes under the pen name Lydia Moen.