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Through hardship and triumph, 3 authors bring their work to Steamboat Springs

Audrey Dwyer

Award-winning author and speaker Lou Dean's book, “On My Ass: Riding The Midlife Crisis Trail,” is available at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs, and she will have a book signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.





Award-winning author and speaker Lou Dean’s book, "On My Ass: Riding The Midlife Crisis Trail," is available at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs, and she will have a book signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

— Inspired by life events, hardships and even triumphs, three authors have brought their craft to a Steamboat Springs' bookstore.

Recently, Courtney Diehl, D.V.M., wrote a quirky yet insightful book about her 13 years as a mobile vet. The book goes through her journey and what it took for her to get to where she is today.

As challenging as it may be to work as a vet in the mountains, Diehl performs with grace.

"When emotions are high and people are afraid the animal is hurt, I have the ability to show up and make the it right," Diehl said about her passion as a vet. "I can fix it and I can help the people and the horses by taking a miserable situation and turning it around."

By taking control of any situation that may come her way, Diehl remains calm and collected no matter what. This persona is reiterated throughout her story, which includes events from her life that she said were just too good not to share.

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Her book, "Horse Vet: Chronicles of a Mobile Veterinarian," is available in the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs.

A town abundant with furry friends deemed as a member of the family, dogs are a prominent element of the culture of Steamboat Springs. Frolicking through the snow, hiking on a new path, mountain biking, swimming, whatever it may be, the four-legged friends here in Colorado are some of the most content animals around.

M. John Fayhee, author of "Colorado Mountain Dogs," has documented these animals in their element and has captured the joy and rapture of happy canines and their human companions. From the San Juans to the Front Range, he has gathered a compilation of photos throughout a five-year period.

Fayhee is a two-time Colorado Book Award finalist, former contributing editor of Backpacker magazine and author of several books. His book, "Colorado Mountain Dogs," is available for purchase at Off the Beaten Path.

Fellow animal lover Lou Dean found herself surrounded by dogs, cats, chickens, cows, horses and any other animal she could be around. She named them, dressed them up and had daily conversations with each. Growing up on a family farm, she felt a sense of comfort, love and even security around animals.

To promote non-violence in light of the second anniversary of the Columbine shooting April 20, 1999, Dean and her riding buddy Jeanne took a 30-day trip and rode on their steeds — Jesse James, a donkey, and Tut, an Arabian horse.

“I hope people find this as an inspirational book," she said calling from her home near Moffat County. "It allows readers to see that we go through these life lessons all the time, and I hope the book is able to help someone else through what we have gone through."

This will be the eighth book she has written, and it is more emotional than her past novels. After the loss of her brother, the journey she went on forced her to reflect on her life and put things into perspective.

"I tell my grandsons that the words don't come from me but rather through me," she said. "Writing is like another journey in itself. I've learned to listen and to know which direction to go and I just go with it."

Her book, "On My Ass: Riding The Midlife Crisis Trail," is available at Off the Beaten Path, and she will have a book signing event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1