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February 12, 2013


Singer-turned-author Hornsby knows adventure By Neil Pierson

Kim Hornsby lived in Maui, Hawaii for more than a decade where she sang with a band and opened for a boatload of well-known acts, including Bob Hope, Jay Leno and Jamie Foxx. It was a career she remembers fondly – a painting of her singing in front of the band hangs in her living room – but she’s put it behind her in favor of a new passion: women’s fiction author. Now Hornsby makes her home in Sammamish alongside husband Roland, daughter Ila and son Jack. Last year, she had two novels shoot onto the Amazon. com bestseller lists, and she’s putting the finishing touches on a third novel, the second book of her planned trilogy. Her love for the TV show “The Bachelor” has led her to write a series of short stories under the nom de plume Kiki Abbott, and she maintains a number of side projects, including a blog, speaking engagements and an annual writers’ conference. Hornsby likes to think about Maui’s tropical climate when she writes. It inspired her first two novels, “Necessary Detour” and “The Dream Jumper’s Promise,” as well as “The Dream Jumper’s Secret,” which will be released March 1. “I have to say that I write when the weather is cold and rainy, and it takes me to a place where the sun’s shining,” she said. “ I don’t write about women who are stuck inside in snow flurries.” Her debut, “Necessary Detour,” was published by The Wild Rose Press, which specializes in romance novels, but Hornsby is adamant that her book falls squarely into the women’s fiction

Kim Hornsby genre. For comparison, she said, women’s fiction includes books like Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” and Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees.” “It’s the woman’s

journey, her evolution throughout the book,” Hornsby explained. “It could have romance in there, but it is mainly about how she changes from the beginning to the end and discovers something, like the most important thing about her life. And that’s what I have wanted to write.” Fans of the Leonardo DiCaprio-led blockbuster film “Inception” might find similarities in Hornsby’s selfpublished “Dream Jumper” series. Set in Maui, the debut draws on paranormal activities and another of Hornby’s former hobbies as a scuba-diving instructor. “The Dream Jumper’s Promise” has been critically acclaimed on Amazon. com, where most of the 170-plus reviews have given it four or five stars. “The suspense keeps coming, and there are

twists and turns that caught me completely off guard,” one review stated. “And it all comes with this great paranormal edge.” The follow-up, she said, splits time between Afghanistan and the nearby town of Carnation, Wash. where Hornsby drove around to research and accurately depict her characters’ surroundings. A third book is being planned, she said, and will be set in Nicaragua. “Nicaragua is a place I go to every year and do some work with the Nicaraguan Children’s Foundation, taking school supplies and toys and clothes and stuff,” she said. “At the age of 56, I’ve had my fun. I want to give back.” Hornsby’s writing career began inauspiciously in 2002, shortly after traveling to Taiwan to adopt her daughter. She wrote a weekly email to her friends and family back home, and was told she should turn her sixmonth adventure into a book. She wrote a novel based on her experiences, but of the 87 literary agents she contacted, only five read it thoroughly, and all of them rejected it. Not to be deterred, Hornsby eventually finished the first two novels. But even though readers devoured them – 35,000 e-book downloads in three days for “Necessary Detour” – she struggled to find motivation for the “Jumper” sequel. November is National Novel Writing Month, and that’s when she poured fuel on the fire, penning 60,000 words in 20 days. “I thought about it and sat on the idea for about six months; I just couldn’t make myself write it,” she said. “And I was just terrified that the next one wouldn’t be as good, or people wouldn’t like it as much.”


All winter in a day, hopefully

Photo by Steve Walker

Steve Walker snapped this photo of his daughter, Jayne, on the Eastlake community fields Feb. 8 as the snow fell. By Sunday night, temperatures had gone up, washing away the first substantial snowfall of the season.

STEM students build skills through state program By Neil Pierson

Hana Keller and Pavitra Siva enjoy different disciplines within the world of science, but both are participating in a five-monthlong program to build their skills in aerospace technology. Keller and Siva, of Sammamish, attend the Lake Washington School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Redmond. Along with Eastlake High School student Rahul Singal, they were included among the 308 high-school juniors in the state selected last month to participate in the seventh annual Washington Aerospace Scholars program. Eleventh grade is often described as the most difficult year of high school, with the students prepar-

ing to take their SATs and apply for colleges in the coming year. The aerospace scholars program could help distinguish students and give them a head start toward their careers. “For me, aerospace is definitely a possibility in careers, but I am a science person,” Keller said. “I love to do science things, and this is just a chance to see a different side of science that maybe I hadn’t seen before, a chance to find if it’s something I like.” Phase one of the aerospace scholars program is a five-month process – the top 160 students earn summer residency positions at Seattle’s Museum of Flight – and Keller and Siva haven’t wasted time. They’ve already participated in online chat sessions with professional aerospace engineers at NASA to learn about jobs there.

Students must apply for the aerospace scholars program, but those chosen participate free of charge. Students who complete the aerospace scholars curriculum can then pay for an optional five-credit class in space and space travel through the University of Washington. The curriculum requirements are satisfied online, and include 10 bi-weekly lessons, a 500-word essay and a final project. Each lesson typically takes 12-15 hours. Keller has some prior knowledge of aerospace scholars because her older brother participated. She feels strongly about keeping her options open, because her brother wound up deviating from the aerospace path he seemed destined for at a young age. See STEM, Page 7



February 12, 2013



Lady Wolves fall to hot-shooting Issaquah By Neil Pierson

The Wolves had a major size advantage against Issaquah, which doesn’t have a The Eastlake Lady Wolves have generally player taller than 5-foot-10. Forwards Marijke been good about taking care of the ball and Vanderschaaf and Maggie Douglas did their holding opponents to a low shooting percentshare of damage, scoring 18 and 16 points, age, but those two areas came back to bite respectively, but it wasn’t nearly enough on them last week. a night Issaquah had its best offensive output Issaquah shot 78 percent from the field in of the season. the first half, and Eastlake finished the game The Eagles had seven 3-pointers in the with 22 turnovers, falling 78-59 to the visitfirst half to build a 39-29 lead, and finished ing Eagles in a Class 4A the game with 10. Senior KingCo Conference girls “They’re a team of kids guard Mandie Hill ripped basketball game on Feb. 5. apart the Wolves’ zone that love to play The Eagles (12-7 overall, defense, scoring a season10-4 conference) set the together, and they have high 34 points that includtone by scoring the game’s ed five first-half treys. goals to be better than first 10 points. The Wolves Hill had plenty of help, that.” rallied on a few occatoo, as Mackenzie Wieburg sions, but couldn’t match scored 19 points, Sarah – Sara Goldie, Issaquah’s performance Hiegel scored 10 and Jozie Coach – at either end of the court, Crisafulli added nine. coach Sara Goldie said. “We had a lot of girls “Issaquah played a who scored, and usually great game, Goldie said. (Hill and Wieburg) are “They played great defense, they were hot the two who carry us, but it was nice having on offense, and we just never could put it everyone chip in,” Hiegel said. together.” Eastlake bounced back in the first quarter Eastlake (14-4, 10-3) slipped out of a tie for after falling behind 10-0. Vanderschaaf ignitfirst place in the KingCo Crest Division, and ed a 9-0 run by dominating under the basket, suffered consecutive losses for the first time and Issaquah’s lead shrank to 19-17. this season, after falling to Woodinville on Jan. 31. See WOLVES, Page 9

Photo by Greg Farrar

Marijke Vanderschaaf (left), Eastlake High School senior forward, aims and scores two of her team-high 18 points as Issaquah sophomore forward Hope Dahlquist defends, at the end of the first quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Sammamish trio has Crusaders pointed to state By Neil Pierson

Photo by Neil Pierson

From left, Sammamish residents Ian Christie, Matisse Thybulle and Nathan Christie have helped power the Eastside Catholic boys basketball team to a Metro League division title and a shot at the program’s first state-tournament berth in 15 seasons.

Liley, Eastside Catholic likes to use a motion offense that relies When the Eastside Catholic more on improvisation than set boys basketball team knocked plays. off O’Dea on Jan. 31 to win the “Nobody’s selfish on the team, Metro League Mountain Division but basically my job is to be the title, it may have signaled a turnmost unselfish person and set ing point in the program’s hisother people up,” Nathan said. tory. A balanced, high-scoring “The last time the team won offense has been a major reathe division son for the was 1999, Crusaders’ “Nobody’s selfish on and that was emergence as the team, but basically one of the top the last time they went to my job is to be the most Class 3A teams state also,” the state. unselfish person and set in said Nathan Seven players other people up.” Christie, a average at least senior guard/ six points per – Nathan Christie, forward. game, includGuard – The ing Thybulle Crusaders (12.7), Nathan (17-3 overall, Christie (8.6) 14-2 league) have received contri- and Ian Christie (7.8). butions throughout their lineup “Everyone shares the ball,” this winter, and part of the credit said Ian, a 6-3 senior forward. goes to Sammamish residents “We don’t have one person Matisse Thybulle, and twin broth- that just has to carry the load ers Nathan and Ian Christie. on their back the whole time. Much of the responsibility for Everyone contributes. There’s directing the team on the court no drop-off when our second falls to Nathan Christie, a stocky group goes in, so it’s really 6-foot-4 senior. See CRUSADERS, Page 12 Under third-year coach Bill