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Donning his dress uniform for the Chandler Fire Department, Chad Goswick is an imposing figure. His firm handshake exudes professionalism; his eye contact proves he’s a good listener. But the fire engineer who stands taller than 6 feet could be called a gentle giant who outwardly cares about the community. Last month, he served as lead male counselor for Camp Courage, a weeklong trip to Prescott where youth burn survivors from around Arizona travel to participate in sports, drama and crafts. It is the eighth year he has volunteered. “Just being able to connect with the kids makes it all worth it,” Goswick says. “This year, I got a little silly. One day I was a rapper and I had a SpongeBob hat turned around backward—it was a flat-bill hat—and fake diamond earrings and Adidas pants. Once they realize that you’re kind of goofy like they are, they open up and accept you. You don’t even really know they’re burn survivors. They’re just regular kids.”

OWNERS: Shiva and Mo Memaran run Kokomo Frozen Yogurt. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

By Lynette Carrington Kokomo Frozen Yogurt is not just a typical frozen yogurt shop. It is a tropically themed oasis that is a bright, clean and inviting familyowned business where pride of ownership shines in every area of the store. Owners Mo and Shiva Memaran took over

Soroptimists plan to change the world one girl at a time BY ANA ANGUIANO

LOOSENING UP: On the first day of camp, Tempe Fire Capt. Andrea Glass and Chandler Fire Engineer Chad Goswick dressed up to amuse the kids. Photo courtesy of Chad Goswick SEE FIREFIGHTER PAGE 52

The Soroptimist International of the San Tans, based in Chandler, meets once a week to change the lives of women and girls in the community and around the world. Its goal is to help them live their dreams and improve their lives so they might have a brighter future. The group is comprised of business and professional women who have strong stakes in the community and want to make a worldwide impact. These volunteers raise money, collect

Kokomo in 2011 and quickly started work on a remodel that maximized seating, visual appeal and traffic flow within the business. The result is that Kokomo–Chandler’s first frozen yogurt store–is a cool place to relax and enjoy a variety of healthy treats and will put a smile on the face of everyone in the family. “We keep an eye on quality in everything we do,” states Mo Memaran. “We use only premium yogurt. The customers can tell the difference.” Kokomo’s staff has been there from the beginning and they are happy to provide the best in customer care. Their customers always come first and they are happy to provide a memorable experience with every visit. The family-friendly atmosphere has always been a big draw. “People love to come into a family-friendly business where they get good service. They also like to support family-owned businesses in their own community,” says Shiva Memaran.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Soroptimist International of the San Tans’ Board of Directors and officers swear in at this year’s installation banquet. The club raised more than $10,000 for girls and women last year. Submitted photo

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Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek has new summer hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. “Guests will now have additional hours this summer to ‘chill at the Mill’” says owner Perry Rea. “We wanted to give our visitors the opportunity to enjoy our delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options longer, as well as provide extended hours for picking up selections from our fresh produce, bakery, wine or gourmet products.” Queen Creek Olive Mill offers seating for 100 in the airconditioned indoor marketplace and seating for 156 on the cool “chilled” patio. In addition to the local, organic menu options for breakfast and lunch, the Mill offers artisan Arizona pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights. Eleven types of Italian gelato, cold coffee drinks from Superstition Coffee and freshly baked breads by Mediterra Bakery are also available. Live musical entertainment is offered each Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Queen Creek Olive Mill is the state’s only producer of extra virgin olive oil offering Arizona residents and visitors a wide variety of extra virgin olive oil, olive products, seasonal produce and other locally made gourmet products. Learn about sustainable farming, olive tree varieties, harvesting, the milling process and health benefits of olive oil when visiting the Olive Mill. For more information go to

Chandler BBQ Company is celebrating its four-year anniversary by hosting a customer appreciation day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tue., July 23 with $1 sliders. Enter to win one of four raffles for a mesquite smoked turkey or a catered party for 10 people, and get a “BOGO” on rib tips while supplies last. Chandler BBQ Company is located at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 112, Chandler. For more information call 480-688-8351 or visit

Join BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, in its new private dining room 5 to 6 p.m. Sat., July 20 and taste your way through five American-made vodkas complemented by a plate of traditional accompaniments with the resident spirit professional. Join the cheer for $30 per person. Space is limited. Reserve your seat at 480-779-8646. Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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‘Come out and play’ with Chandler Recreation Classes and activities are being offered through August with Chandler’s “Come Out and Play” experience. Learn a new skill, exercise or just hang out with friends at any of the recreational programs offered around Chandler. A complete listing of offerings is available at

10 to 10:45 a.m. Wed., July 24. Cost to residents is $6 and nonresidents $9. Fee is per person for everyone attending class. Each participant older than the age of 2 must be registered, including adults. The Environmental Education Center is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Call 480-782-2890 for more information.

Senior Center Chandler Senior Center, located at 202 E. Boston St., Chandler, is sponsoring a first Arizona Rattlers trip 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., July 20. Enjoy the rush of arena football and cheer on the team. Residents cost is $17, nonresidents $23. Senior Center hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Teen Programs Play video games on the Wii U, Xbox 360 and the PS3 at Teen Lounge Nights at the Chandler Senior Center for free. Lounge around 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays or 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Catch a first-run movie with Get Reel July 25 or get in on the action with the Teen Summer Adventures Program including paintball, bowling, Air Worx, Laser Tag and Dave & Buster’s. For more information about teen programs contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 or

Environmental Education Center Take a hike 8 to 10 a.m. Sat., July 20. Learn basic hiking skills, information about geology, flora and fauna and appreciation for natural resources. Get some exercise, enjoy family bonding and team building and hiking safety. Program includes classroom, individual evaluation and experiences on the trail. An offsite hiking location will be determined at the end of the class. Residents cost is $64, nonresidents $69. Program is for hikers 12 and older. Instructor Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures & East Valley Wildlife gets up close and personal at Meet the Creature, an interactive program for children that is full of fun lessons and wild creatures. Learn about wildlife rescue and conservation

Community Center Zumba and get in shape at Zumba Toning 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave, Chandler. Get destressed, increase flexibility and strength and feel more energized at Yoga for Beginners, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 31. Learn yoga poses, breath work, relaxation techniques and meditation. Cost is $16 to residents, $22 to nonresidents. Youth and teens, ages 10 to 17, are invited to get creative and use a variety of art mediums at Art Mania, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays through Aug. 3. Registration is $23 for residents, $32 for nonresidents. Tennis Center Tennis anyone? Chandler Tennis Center, located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, has a new ball machine with 21 different training functions and options. Reserve the machine and practice your game for $6.50 per half hour for residents, $9 for nonresidents. Get back on the court in Summer Heat Tennis Leagues beginning in August. Leagues are four weeks long, $18 for residents, $25 for nonresidents. Tennis Center summer hours through September are 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. The Tennis Center offers lessons, camps and leagues for juniors and adults. For information call 480-782-2650. Snedigar Recreation Center Preschoolers can gear up for Fall Building Blocks at Introduction to Building Blocks, 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5 through 22. Subjects include alphabet, science, arts and crafts or numbers. Snedigar Recreation Center is located at 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Therapeutic Recreation The Chandler Senior Center will host tweens with disabilities between the ages of 10 and 18, or 22 if still in school, at the Wii Competition and Treats social. Start

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MEMBERS: Members of the Soroptimist International of the San Tans gather for their annual installation banquet. Together, the club raised more than $10,000 last year. Submitted photo

this group of women. They are dynamic women who are doing things in their own professions and lives that are very incentivizing for me.” Register says the group has given her a new understanding of some of the issues that are facing women in the Valley and beyond. They care about educating women in this country and in others, especially where they are denied the option. Register says they see education as a way to break the cycle of poverty and become independent. The club started in the East Valley in 1984 and with more than 100,000 members in 110 countries around the globe, it is the second largest nongovernmental organization in the United Nations. The Soroptimist of the San Tans donate on average $10,000 a year to women and children but this year they raised almost $12,000 for the Spring Awards luncheon alone.


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joined in 2007 when she was working for the City of Chandler. She retired from the city in 2009 but continued to be a part of the Soroptimist group. “I get this revitalizing feeling when I’m around the women,” she says. “I saw it as an opportunity to get to know people in Chandler. I joined and I found I loved

PRESIDENT: Soroptimist International of the San Tans President Judy Register at this year’s installation luncheon. The motto for her presidency this year is “This girl is on fire.” Submitted photo

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The Spring Awards are its biggest event of the year where it gives national and local awards to women and girls making a difference in their families and communities. The Women’s Opportunity Awards help head-of-household women who need education or training to further their lives and careers. The Violet Richardson Awards are for young women younger than 18 who make outstanding contributions to their community, country or the world. The Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women awards just that—women who are improving the lives of women and girls through their personal and professional work. “We are just trying to recognize different women in our community that need help and others that are doing good already,” club member Luisa Bonillas says. The Soroptimists are always looking for new members and Register says she hopes younger women will join as well to continue the work they have started. Their 2013-14 session starts back up in September when the ladies will meet every Thursday. For more information, visit or email Ana Anguiano is a staff writer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Unlock the door to your creativity with artist and writer Betsy Dillard Stroud, 1 to 2 p.m. Sat., July 27 at the Downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Cactus Room, second floor, Chandler. Join Stroud as she illuminates ways to loosen up, break through creative blocks and spark innovative solutions to whatever you encounter in life. Tap into the powers of your creativity in this workshop. For more information call 480-782-2800, email or ARTIST: Betsy Dillard Stroud. Submitted photo go to

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SAY CHEESE: The campers gather for a photo opportunity. Photo by Jack Jordan

Regular kids who are understandably a little shy. Goswick explains that the children show up on the chartered bus wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover their scars, even though temperatures reach the 90s in Prescott. By the end of the week, the campers are comfortable and partake in swimming; males are walking around shirtless, their fears pushed aside. “They’re not ashamed or embarrassed,” Goswick says. “They’re proud to be different with their scars.” For his involvement in Camp Courage, as well as other Arizona Burn Foundation efforts, Goswick was given the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s James R. Snedigar Public Service Award. While introducing Goswick, Grady Anderson of Western State Bank applauded the 33-year-old’s efforts. “Positive attitude, personal integrity, professionalism, dedication to duty

and compassion for others are clearly reflected in the exceptional customer service that Chad provides to Chandler citizens every day on every emergency call. “Especially noteworthy, Chad has demonstrated his deep concern for the well-being and safety of others through his volunteer work with the Arizona Burn Foundation, helping children and their families cope with the tragedy and suffering experienced by burn survivors ages 6 through 19.” Goswick says he owes his dedication to public service to his parents, who raised him “the right way.” Firefighting piqued his interest as a student during a career development class at Horizon High School in Phoenix. A Phoenix firefighter spoke to the class about a day in his life. “I always wanted to be outside riding my bike,” he says. “I didn’t want to be inside in an office. I always wanted something different, with a new challenge and a changing environment. That was a fit. “Once I graduated from high school, I went to Scottsdale Community College and got my associate’s in fire science.” He entered the public safety field at age 19 by participating in the Explorer Program. He joined the Chandler Fire Department 11 years ago. Goswick has taken his job to heart. He walks door to door in Chandler handing out Arizona Burn Foundation-provided smoke detectors in high-risk neighborhoods. That has paid off. Recently, a house was engulfed in flames off California Street

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HONORABLE: A flag-raising ceremony takes place every morning with a different group of children. Photo by Jack Jordan

people,” Goswick says. Tom Dwiggins, a Chandler Fire Department battalion chief who serves as public information officer, couldn’t be prouder of Goswick. “Since the day we hired him, he’s always been one of our firefighters we could always count on, regardless of what type of prevention efforts we’re doing out there or at community events,” Dwiggins says. “He’s a simple phone call to make because I know that he’s always going to say ‘Yes.’ We certainly are proud of him. We do believe he leads by example. He’s taken this whole burn camp, smoke detector walk thing seriously. Not only does he participate in it, he leads it. He makes sure that we always have enough resources. He makes sure that we’re well connected with the Arizona Burn Foundation. It makes it a very easy

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process for us so we just have to recruit our citizen volunteers. He’s a great example of what a Chandler firefighter is and we’re certainly proud of him.” Nan Edens, Arizona Burn Foundation programs manager, appreciates all the hard work Goswick puts into Camp Courage. “He really stepped up as a strong leader this year,” Edens explains. “It’s a position that’s full of extraordinary responsibility. We have 22 cabins of boys and girls and there are two counselors per cabin. There is a lot of staff to manage as a lead counselor up there. “We appreciate Chad so much. He’s really a stand-up guy. He’s got a lot of compassion for these kids. He’s very invested in the community. I couldn’t say enough about him.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

DELICIOUS: Kokomo Frozen Yogurt offers a variety of desserts, including yogurt with fresh strawberries and blueberries, as well as chocolate-dipped strawberry. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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Summer sessions at Sol Yoga Looking for “out-of-the-box” solutions rather than “over-thecounter” prescriptions to daily stresses? Therapies that are deeply rooted in century-long traditions have proven effective in treating a wide range of afflictions and disorders. Reduce stress and improve health and well-being through yoga. Upcoming workshops include beginner introduction to yoga 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 3 and 7:15 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14 and Tai Chi 7:15 p.m. Wed., Aug 7. “Because they have worked so successfully over thousands of years, our society is beginning to resurrect them,” says Neil Winikoff, owner of Sol Yoga, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. “The practice of yoga is one of these. Yoga connects the power of the mind and the wisdom of the body. The literal meaning of the word ‘yoga’ is the yoking or merging of the mind and the body through a series of poses known as asanas, breathing techniques and meditation. The results are lasting and undeniable when integrated into a daily or weekly practice.” A recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows that yoga reduces stress, improves fitness and helps reduce risk factors for chronic illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure. The study suggests that yoga can alleviate depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia as well. Other studies have found that engaging in a regular yoga practice can lower cholesterol levels and plays a role in speeding post cardiac-rehabilitation after an

incident or surgery. Yoga helps prevent migraine headaches, reduces lower back pain and pain during childbirth, as well as mitigates symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sol Yoga is committed to offering students of all ages and abilities quality, value, service and a retreat from today’s fastpaced, demanding world. Gentle flow yoga, restorative yoga, mixed levels, family yoga, Tai Chi and summer workshops are some of the offerings at Sol Yoga. Build core strength while stretching and expanding the body and mind as instructors guide students through postures and poses in summer programs that increase stamina, restore balance and relieve stress. Sol Yoga offers a free trial visit to its Anusara-style yoga studio. A type of Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga combines attitude of seeking the true self at the essence of all being and situations, superior alignment techniques for the mind, heart and body and an overarching emphasis on the importance of community. Classes are offered in one hour and 75 minute sessions Monday through Saturday. Each Thursday family yoga classes are offered from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Other classes include family, introductory for hesitant beginners and advanced-level for seasoned practitioners. A two-month unlimited membership is $125. Contact Sol Yoga at 480802-3774 or visit for more information.

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Sibley’s West offers wine class Jim Wiskerchen of, former wine buyer for Whole Foods in Chandler, will lead an hourlong discussion and wine-tasting at 7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 at Sibley’s West, 72 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Wiskerchen will explain how the Arizona wine industry got started, the three “regions” for wine-making and the subtle differences of each in their wines. He will also identify some of the state’s wine “pioneers” and describe the surge in growth during the last 10 years. To complement his talk, Wiskerchen will pour three Arizona wines; Arizona Lady, White Blend; Sonoita Vineyards, Peach Sparkles; and Flying Leap Vineyards, Granache. Tickets are $5 and advanced registration is required. The event is limited to 15 people. Register before July 31 to receive a $5 gift card in class. Participants in the tasting must be 21 years or older. Sign up at the store or online at



July 20 – August 2, 2013

Gilbert photographer’s photo inspires films

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Canon and Ron Howard are enabling filmmakers of all skill levels to direct short films inspired from 10 photographs, including one photo taken by Theresa McManus of Gilbert. Submissions for the film contest must be uploaded by Tue., July 23 to Helmed by Ron Howard and his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, consumers will embark on the same creative exercise as five celebrity directors—Eva Longoria; Jamie Foxx; Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; Georgina Chapman, designer and cofounder of Marchesa; and James Murphy, founder of LCD Soundsystem. Five winning consumer films will premiere at the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival this fall along with the five celebrity films.

“Maximize your Impact” at any of the United Blood Services six Valley donor center in July and receive a voucher for a complimentary bruschetta, donated by Streets of New York. MAX donors help United Blood Services better meet the daily needs of Arizona hospital patients by giving the automated donation procedure that is most needed based on their blood type and physical attributes. Donors of all types are needed, especially Type O-negative, the universal blood type that can be substituted for others in emergencies. To make a donation appointment, call 877-827-4376 toll-free or visit and enter your ZIP code for the donor center nearest you. Save lives and time by registering online. Complete your questionnaire before your visit to United Blood Services on the same day and be automatically entered into weekly drawings for a pair of roundtrip tickets to the Grand Canyon, courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway. United Blood Services is located in Chandler at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 33, Chandler.

Chandler volunteer helps tornado victims John Foster is among the hundreds of volunteers who have helped victims recover from the EF5 tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs on May 20. Along with five other Chandler locals, Foster traveled at his own expense to Moore, OK, to work with Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization that responds to disasters in the United States and worldwide. While in Moore, Foster worked tirelessly to provide much-needed help and encouragement to devastated families. Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first Disaster Relief Unit in 1998 and has helped more than 25,000 families impacted by natural disasters. To volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, visit spvolunteernetwork. org. Donations to help with storm relief efforts can be made at

MAX DONORS: Help people like 16-year-old twins Joshua and Jordan with a MAX blood donation at United Blood Services donor centers. The boys were born with a severe form of sickle cell disease and rely on blood transfusions about every two months at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Submitted photo

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July 20 – August 2, 2013

Find your inner cool at Tao Healing Center Tao Healing Center, 1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite D7, Chandler, is offering a free, open class based on a holistic approach to living built upon the core principles of Tao with the goal of supporting individuals to improve their health and wellness. The class is offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sat., July 27 and will cover basic principles of Tao in order to foster a better understanding of how the physical and energy body work harmoniously. Additionally, discussion will cover a dynamic dietary plan with customized recommendations. Tao Healing Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit. The class is free to the public. Call 480-786-6000 or email taohealingcenters@gmail. com to reserve a place. Visit to learn more.


‘Maricopa County Reads’ this summer The summer reading program “Maricopa County Reads” at the Chandler Public Library continues through July 27. The incentive program for youth, teens and adults includes special activities and checking out materials from the public library. Incentives for participants to reach their summer reading goal include a free book, Chipotle coupon or other prizes. “Maricopa County Reads is an especially big deal this year as all the public libraries in the county are involved,” says Cindy Kolaczynski, Maricopa County Library District director and county librarian. “With this collaboration we have a chance to impact more than 80,000 children and teens. It’s a huge undertaking, with incredible potential and one that we wholeheartedly embrace.” Activities throughout the summer offered at the four Chandler libraries include yo-yo classes with Tyler Severence, Glee class sing and dance time, beginning computers, storytime with Nick the Guitar Guy, Read to Dogs, movie matinee and Get Reeldocumentary film series. Times and locations of events are available at Some classes require registration. Chandler Public Library branches include the Downtown Library located at 22 S. Delaware St.; Basha Library at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; Hamilton Library at 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; and Sunset Library located at 4930 W. Ray Rd. Participating Maricopa County Library District libraries in the SanTan Sun area include Ed Robson Branch Library at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes and Perry Branch Library at 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Visit to access program schedules or more information about Maricopa County Reads.

Nominate ‘Teacher of the Year’ The Arizona Education Association (AEA) is seeking nominations from students, parents and co-workers for the Arizona Education Association 2014 Teacher of the Year. This statewide program honors exceptionally skilled and dedicated teachers involved in their communities as well as their schools. Arizonans can nominate their favorite pre-K through 12th grade public school teacher for the prestigious award. The deadline for nominations is Fri., Aug. 5. The teacher recognized as Arizona’s Teacher of the Year will be a candidate for National Teacher of the Year, receive a prize package and travel to Washington, D.C., to meet the U.S. president and tour the White House and Smithsonian. Learn more at or email The Arizona Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in education.


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Local author creates her own fairytales in series of books BY ANA ANGUIANO

From a young age, Erin Kellison was destined to be an author. All it took was motherhood to give her the courage to begin her journey. Her aspirations to become a writer began at age 9, when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She wasn’t sure how to craft a story, so she stared at the massive machine after typing just titles. She carried over that love of the written word to Arizona State University, where she studied English and literature along with folklore and mythology. Although Kellison studied writing in school, she didn’t consider it to be a viable option for her. “I thought that pursuing a career in writing was a ponderous kind of business with lots of ups and down and didn’t think it would be a prudent thing to do,” she says. “When I had my first [child] I thought I’ve got to at least try this.” So she sat down to write and tried her hardest to pour everything she enjoyed about books into her work. She focused on the structure and creating a solid story. Once she was satisfied she sent it out into the world and got a contract and an

agent. Kellison was so excited when she got “the call” from her New York editor that she ran out into the street in her pajamas to stop her husband’s car as he was leaving for work. She says she was so overwhelmed she wasn’t even sure what the message on the phone said. At the time she published her first book, paranormal romance novels with vampires and shape shifters were dominating book shelves. Kellison wanted to distance herself from the crowd and focus on what made her happy. “My favorite books have magic in them. It’s that possibility that magic offers,” she says. In her novels Kellison creates and explores world where anything is possible. Magic is in the air and things go bump in the night. Her genre is more focused on fantasy and combines fairytales, mythology and legend. In fact, each of her novels has a fairytale underpinning the story. “I give a character potential for something and see what they make of it, see who they are when pressed into a situation,” she says. “I really

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AUTHOR: Local author Erin Kellison creates magical worlds in her novels where anything can happen. Kellison discovered anything was possible for her after motherhood. Submitted Photo BOOK: Local author Erin Kellison’s newest novel “Soul Kissed” is set to be released this September. Submitted Photo



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Chandler’s 4th of July fireworks celebration impresses Families celebrate America and our heritage at a spectacular fireworks show on Independence Night at Tumbleweed Park, presented by the City of Chandler. STSN photos by Adam Moreno

GIRLFRIENDS: Donning glittery bows, Deanna and Alli brought along their friend Lexi to check out the Chandler 4th of July festivities.

FAMILY GATHERING: Daniel Boyd and his patriotic family scouting out a spot to set up their picnic. Pictured are his wife Tabitha, Daniel II, J’Von, Tabitha, Sarah and grandma Gayleen.

DRESS UP: Anniah and Noah’s family like to keep with tradition and dress up for every holiday.

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