Shirley DicKard is a fourth generation Californian who lives in the Sierra Nevada gold country.  She is currently writing a novel inspired by the life of her Great Grandmother Emily who came to California soon after the 1849 Gold Rush.  Drawing from family letters, Emily’s speeches and newspaper articles about her, Shirley started work on her first novel, The Desk.

Shirley was unexpectedly “visited” in a dream by her Great-Granddaughter Amisha from the future.  “My life is being created by the accumulation of your past and present actions,” she said.  “I too, am part of your story.”

The Desk, now an historical futuristic novel, tells of a secret held deep within a small oak desk that unites the past, present and future, as three women reach across time to impact the earth they love.

Retired from her work as Registered Nurse and non-profit Executive Director, Shirley lives with her husband on their 1970’s back-to-the-land homestead where they grow their food, invite wild birds to linger, walk in the woods with grandchildren and dance together in the kitchen.  She loves the challenge of learning to play the cello and writing her first novel.

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