By Lenny C. Lepola
Book signing events by Big Walnut area published authors are typically local events. Signings are scheduled at Community Library, Sunbury Town Hall, Barnes & Noble, small book clubs – generally in and around central Ohio.
That had been the case with Sunbury area resident Sue Comisford, author of “Ranger Creek Guest Ranch: Real Life, Real Faith,” but that’s about to change. Comisford and her husband Bill are preparing to leave for a five-stop book signing tour Aug. 23 to 30 in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
“Ranger Creek Guest Ranch: Real Life, Real Faith” explains how Sue and Bill purchased Ranger Creek Guest Ranch in Wyoming in 1998 after coping with their 15-year-old son’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer.
Sue’s book brings the challenges of eight years running Ranger Creek Guest Ranch to life: upgrading the ranch lodge and guest cabins; living at an oxygen-shy 8,300 foot elevation where the average accumulated winter snowfall exceeds 250 inches; the nearest neighbor 14 miles away; a four-mile snowmobile ride to get in during the winter; a 30-minute drive to Shell, Wyoming (population 50 back then, population 83 today) to pick up mail; the nearest medical clinic one hour distant; and no cell tower service.
“The book has been received very well,” Sue said. “Sales have been more than I expected. Many of the people in Wyoming that have read it say that they especially enjoy the history of the ranch that was included in the book.”
The book tour has planned stops in Wyoming cities Sheridan, Shell, Greybull, Cody and Casper. Author Craig Johnson often visits Sheridan Stationery Books & Gallery for book signings.
“Johnson’s books and television show, Longmire, are set in the area around Sheridan,” Sue said. “We often hear the mention of Sheridan and the Big Horn Mountains while watching Longmire. I feel honored to be holding a book signing there. Bob Bole, our Realtor and friend in Cody has invited me to speak at the Cody Optimist Club during their lunchtime meeting. Bill and I took our ranch guests to Cody every Thursday during their stay to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum, do some shopping, and attend the Cody Nite Rodeo in the evening. I’m excited to share my book with this group and tell them about our experience of owning the Ranch.”
Sue said she and Bill would visit Ranger Creek Ranch during the Wyoming book tour.
“We can’t wait to walk around the ranch and reminisce about our days of living there,” Sue said. “I’m sure it will bring back so many memories. Although we cannot stay overnight at the ranch due to other groups filling those dates, we will spend a few days staying in the Big Horn Mountains. I’m most excited to see moose and the stars in the evening sky.”
“Ranger Creek Guest Ranch: Real Life, Real Faith” (Tate Publishing) was released in April. It’s available in bookstores and on Amazon.com for $13.99. Copies of “Ranger Creek Guest Ranch” may also be purchased from the author. For more information, email Sue Comisford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Comisford can be found on Facebook – Sue Comisford, Author – along with a host of Ranger Creek Guest Ranch photographs.