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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:37 pm | Updated: 10:22 am, Thu Aug 4, 2011.

She used day dream of fairies and imagined them all around her as a child.

Now she has written about them living in the realm of Bonners Ferry.

Elizabeth A. Patterson just had her first book published, “Bonners Fairy,” on June 6.

Although not from Bonners Ferry, Patterson traveled through north Idaho and could not imagine a more mystical, magical, beautiful setting other than north Idaho for her book.

It just happened to be a strange coincidence that the town she chose for the setting of her story  was named Bonners Ferry,  which inspired the name of her book.

It took eight years for Patterson to get her work of fiction published.

“The reason it took so long was because it was hard to get it edited and find a publisher and I  actually put it away for two years.” Patterson said.   “I finally brought it back out and got it published. It feels good to have accomplished this in life and I am now working on a second book.”

Patterson is originally from Wisconsin, but lives near Carson City, Nev.

  After she read the first of the series of Harry Potter books, she knew with her imagination she could also write a book.

Her imagination ran wild and she said the story flew out of her. The story takes the reader into a dream world of adventure.

It is set in the latter 1800s when 15-year-old twins Henry and Haley move on to property their dad purchased along the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry.

The property has a mysterious legend and people who lived the property before them never seem to stay long.

 It was said the property was haunted by the man who originally owned the property over 100 years before. Shortly after he  homesteaded the estate his wife and daughters disappeared near the river and it was thought that they drown.   

This was not the case.

It is not long before the twins stumble upon a map and an unusual key that leads them through a portal to another time, and a world filled fairies and mystical creatures. Henry and Haley begin an adventure in this world of magic, wonder,  beauty and danger as they try to answer a princess’s pleas to save a family from a fate worse than death.

“The book isn’t real scary and a parent who let their child read any of the Harry Potter books could feel safe that their children can handle this one,” Patterson said.

Patterson’s  book “Bonners Fairy” is available at Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Amazon.com and iUniverse.com.

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