This round of Name That Author! is sponsored by Big Maria by Johnny Shaw.
There’s gold in them thar hills—or more precisely, in Arizona’s Chocolate Mountains, where one hundred years ago a miner stashed a king’s ransom of the stuff. But times have changed. The world has changed. And now the Chocolate Mountains are the home of the largest military artillery range in the world.
Harry’s living on disability and getting liquored up and beaten down. Frank’s a feisty old-timer battling cancer and a domineering daughter. And Ricky’s a good kid in a bad spot, doing everything for family. Together they’re staking what little they have left on a dangerous quest to the Big Maria Mine—and the gold that can offer them a new beginning.
When you’re all out of crazy ideas, you’ve got to try the stupid ones.
You can submit your guess using the form below after any clue, but if you’re wrong, you’re out for the week. So you’ve got to pick your spot. Too early and you might be wrong; wait until you’re sure, and you might get scooped. We have 5 copies of Big Maria by Johnny Shaw to give away to winners–the first player who buzzes in correctly will receive one, along with four other randomly-selected correct guessers.
**Be warned: if you Tweet your guess or leave a comment with your guess, you’re not only disqualified for this week, but for the rest of the month.**
Here we go:
1. I am often referred to simply as “Mrs. [My Married Name]“
2. I wrote both ghost stories and “industrial fiction”
3. I was a friend of Dickens, and we shared several literary themes.
4. I wrote the first biography of Charlotte Bronte
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