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Thelma Raker Coffone

I am a writer that has written hundreds of non-fiction articles. I have decided to try my hand in the world of fiction and I'm hard at work on my first novel which takes place in the 1860s in Missouri.

I don't know which I enjoy more, researching for my articles or writing them. I write on a variety of subjects but especially enjoy American history, rural America and topics of interest to Veterans.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I published a newsletter for homemakers entitled Homemaker Headlines. It featured recipes, household tips and community cookbook reviews. I was fortunate to have subscribers across the United States and Canada. I currently write about those topics under the pen name of "Country Homemaker" and have a syndicated newspaper column.

I am honored to serve in the role of Memorial Lady for my local military Honor Guard. I attend approximately 100 veteran's funerals each year and play an active role in the military rites ceremony. I am active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Marine Corps League.

I am fortunate to have done some very interesting things in my life. I worked as a legal secretary, I owned a business for 17 years, I am a very good marksman with an all time high score of 99.9 on the police qualifying range, I was a back up singer for an Elvis impersonator, and I worked with my husband on the air on his morning radio show. My all time favorite life event was meeting President George W. Bush in the White House Oval Office.

I am a writer living happily in a small Blue Ridge mountain town....just me, my husband and a dog named Boo!