Dear Silver Pony,
Nice to hear from you. Your advanced reader is perfect for my novel. It takes place in the Navajo Nation with a Navajo protagonist. It's an adventure/mystery with lots of fun twists and turns. (p.s. - all my adult readers really liked it too, so it's okay if you read it!) I grew up in Apache County next door to the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Rez...most of my friends were Native and Hispanic. Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is "Woven with Navajo language, tradition, and lore... is the first book in a series of one girl's adventures in the American Southwest." Novel #2 will be out in 2012.
Anyway, thanks for the interest. I'm guess we'll launch within three weeks if not before.
I have much I can tell you about Red. He was my step-dad, quite a bit older than my mom, and the most talented person I've ever known. His shirt factory carried the label "Red Myrick of Arizona." He incorporated in those white western shirts a certain kind of dart in the side seam. The dart was the first of its kind...and worked like this: When a person raised an arm, the sewn-in-dart allowed the movement without pulling the shirt itself up and out of one's jeans. So simple, yet so wonderful. Now...we see it in most clothes.
He had an amazing ability to cut out a pattern (from newspaper) to perfect size for someone just by eyeing them, no measurements needed. He had the factory long before I came along, and it was already something in his past by then. I'll ask my mom more about it...she's now 85. Red passed away in 1984 at age 77. I've never stopped missing him.
Next time, I'll tell you about his campaign when he was running for senator in New Mexico!