Local author Karla Ridpath publishes first book


STATE CENTER — Karla Ridpath, of rural State Center, says one of her lifelong dreams has become reality. She has written a children’s story and it has been published. It is available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Archway Publishing Bookstore, a division of Simon & Shuster, or by contacting Ridpath. Ridpath was born and raised in Eldora and has lived in this area all of her life.

The story, “Grandma Kardi and the Story Tree-A Tale of Make Believe,” is about a story-telling Grandma who spins make believe stores for her grandkids. The story is written with preschool children and early readers in mind, but adults enjoy the story and illustrations, too.

Ridpath has plans for two more books that feature the stories of Grandma Kardi; Grandma Kardi and the Story Tree – A Tale of the Broken Snowflake Factory and Grandma Kardi and the Story Tree – A Tale of Princess Marigold. These stories will be published individually later in 2017.

She will be doing several book signings in the area in the next few months at the Union Library, the Conrad Library and the Eldora Library.

Ridpath is pleased with the support and encouragement that she has received for this book from the area people, communities and libraries.

She lives with her husband, Bill Getting, on a small acreage near Clemons with a goat, chickens, pot-bellied pig and two dogs, Blanche and Finley.