AFTON – Evening Sun readers know Shelly Reuben as the author of a monthly Page 4 column, “Tilting at Windmills,” in which she expounds on myriad topics – family, friends, and, frequently, her love of books. There’s a good reason for that: in addition to being a roving newspaper columnist and arson investigator (maybe not in that order), Reuben is also an accomplished author.
Reuben first came to the attention of local readers with the 2006 publication of “Tabula Rasa,” a fictionalized account of famed serial killer Waneta Hoyt, who murdered five of her own children over the years in nearby Newark Valley. Reuben’s story weaves in her own real-life experience as an arson investigator, and she imbued the tale with local flavor based on her own experiences in and near Chenango County – Reuben divides her time between New York City and a home in Afton.
In all, Reuben has seven novels to her name, several of which were out of print until recently. Partnering with a digital conversion company, Reuben has now made all of her works available as ebooks. Priced around $2.99 each, Reuben’s novels – “Julian Solo,” “Origin and Cause,” “Spent Matches,” “The Skirt Man,” “Weeping,” “The Man with the Glass Heart” and “Tabula Rasa” are all ready for download on your favorite electronic reading device from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other services.
Of special interest to Evening Sun readers, Reuben’s collection of letters from her late father, “Come Home. Love, Dad” is also available digitally. The memoir was serialized in Reuben’s newspaper column a few years ago.
“Several of my books were out of print, so I thought this was a wonderful way to revive them and expose them to a new audience,” Reuben said of the project.
For more information, visit www.shellyreuben.com.