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Pulaski native releasing second novel

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Pulaski native Jean Neff Guthrie, salutatorian for Pulaski County High School Class of 1982, releases the second novel in her “Mystical Aria” series Oct. 17.

“Mystical Aria: Starship Diary is the sequel to Guthrie’s first novel, “Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen,” which won a Literary Classics 2017 Gold Award for tween fantasy.

The fiction series centers on Aria Vanir, a 12-year-old psychic living in Virginia Beach. In Starship Diary, peaceful aliens make first contact with Aria, who is on board a starship with Queen Supreme Nashata, galactic mother of the Gallions.

The novel shares Aria’s writings and interviews with aliens while aboard a starship. She turns to her diary to decide whether she can summon the courage to tell humans about the Gallions.

Guthrie, who grew up on the Pulaski County farm of her parents, Joe and Barbara Guthrie, held a book signing for her first novel at Pulaski Library in August. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She now lives on the outskirts of Atlanta, in Smyrna, Ga.

 

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