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Rimrock writer keynote speaker at Author's Forum

Rimrock resident Allen C. McKinzie is one of Saturday’s keynote speakers at the 2015 Author’s Forum in Cottonwood. (Photo by Bill Helm)

Rimrock resident Allen C. McKinzie is one of Saturday’s keynote speakers at the 2015 Author’s Forum in Cottonwood. (Photo by Bill Helm)

RIMROCK - Allen C. McKinzie will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 Author's Forum. The event is put on by Cottonwood Public Library. The Verde Valley is home to many authors of all different genres. Rimrock is where McKinzie calls home.

McKinzie has been writing for 22 years, and had his first book published in 2012.

He has written 10 self-published books, six novels and four children's books. Apparently, the children at Camp Verde Community Library can't get enough of his children's books.

In a statement to McKinzie, Camp Verde Community Librarian, Dianna Manasse said, "There's a big problem with your Kenady Book!  We can't keep it on the shelf.  The kids are loving it!" 

At the Author's Forum, McKinzie will read a chapter from one book in a three-book series, "Kenady's Happiness World." He is currently working on the fourth book. The series is about a girl and her veterinarian mother.

"The books involve kids and animals, including monkeys, dogs, a bird, a cat, and a rare white tiger named Chalet, from Out Of Africa," said McKinzie.

McKinzie is a fantasy writer. He says that he tries to bring more awareness to the plight of animals through his stories. He wrote his "Maggie Wilson," trilogy about a fictitious Sedona woman who becomes the caretaker for thousands of animals. In the series, Wilson eventually becomes a jaguar.

McKinzie also wrote a new fantasy-thriller "X-tremes." This book will be donated to both the Camp Verde Community Library and the Cottonwood Public Library, said McKinzie.

McKinzie's advice to people interested in writing is to write with passion.

"If you are writing for fame and fortune, you will likely not achieve your goal. When I began to write for the sheer creativity of it, it became the most satisfying thing I've ever done," said McKinzie.

The Author's Forum is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, located at 150 S. 6th St.

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