About the Author

Karima Vargas Bushnell (M.A., Intercultural Relations) has worked as a college
professor, refugee/immigrant job counselor, county court reporter, old-time fiddler,
and web moderator for the London Times Online. Born in Reno, she spent part of the
70s hitchhiking around Nevada, California and Washington with a Black friend, an
Australian shepherd named Ratlips, and a bright yellow bass violin. Karima, who
directs the Light Upon Light Sufi Center and helped found an eco-dream called
Sustainable Nevada, has a husband, two cats, three kids, and a secret identity as a part
Native American Muslim who plays with an Irish duo. Though she’s always thought
aliens were a bridge too far (despite some intriguing paranormal experiences), her
second novel brings luminous, telepathic, eight-limbed visitors to join the eccentric
residents of Dry Creek Gulch. First there was The Life and Times of Halycon Sage,
and now, there is The Book of Squidly Light!

Kirkus Reviews writes, “Bushnell is an undeniable writer, with a talent for sentences and scenarios.”