February 14, 2012
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They are both authors — but work in very diverse genres. They are both relatively new residents to the Rim Country. One is making a return from a sojourn in Dixie; the other’s husband’s job transfer brought her here. But they share one very important trait — a deep desire to help people. Melinda Elmore is the author of four mystery novels with a strong Native American influence. She said she has been told they remind readers of the popular works of the late Tony Hillerman. Buffy Trimbach McCrary’s book, “Why Did She Have to Die?” tells of her near-death experience and how she and her family dealt (and continue to deal) with the tragic, accidental death of her nearly 18-month-old daughter. Elmore wants to help aspiring authors by sharing her experiences as a self-taught writer. She just started a weekly writing workshop, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays at the crafts building at the Mogollon Health Alliance complex at 308 E. Aero Drive, Payson. McCrary wants to help by giving others hope — especially those who have had a tragedy in their life similar to that she and her family experienced.