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By Lou Marzeles

Author with local ties writes a Goldendale novel


Lou Marzeles

HIDING IN GOLDENDALE: Raye Wagner's new book is set primarily in Goldendale.

According to writer Raye Wagner, Goldendale is home to some very strange creatures. In her book The Curse of the Sphynx-partially set in Goldendale-she tells of demigods and descendants of Apollo, some residing here disguised as regular people. Wagner, who is daughter-in-law to the Wagners of Goldendale (think TLC Modular Homes), has spent enough time in Goldendale to feel comfortable setting her Young Adult (YA) novel here.

"I thought Goldendale was fitting because it has that golden name," Wagner considers. "And I was familiar with the area. My husband's parents have lived here for years. We've been out this way a few times. I thought, 'Oh, it's a nice little small town, perfect for try...

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