Los Alamos author Mike Katko is holding a launch and book signing Sunday for his new book, Big Medical Pretty Party. Courtesy photo

By Mike Katko
Los Alamos

Author Mike Katko chronicles an often forgotten place and moment in United States history in his debut novel, Big Medicine Pretty Water. The American Southwest with a Native American hero during the prohibition era. Inspired by his Native American ancestor, he created a tale from historical facts that made a big difference in northern New Mexico and the world.

Great medicine beautiful water It powerfully illustrates the meaning and importance of spirit in all living things and the relationship between everything. The writer believes that much of the story was passed down to him through his great-grandmother, Brigida Tolmich. An abducted Apache girl who became a housekeeper for Sargent Tolmich in Ft. Garland, Colorado, in the 1860s. Katko’s story, he says, is a way for her to give voice to the author when she never had that opportunity in this world. Written by the author in honor of her memory and the history of other Native American women who have been lost.

“The detail immediately draws you into the story. The reader is with the characters in 1927 New Mexico. The writing makes it an unpublished book until the end, with a twist. He cries for a series and asks you questions for days; Did this happen?—Judy Chavez, Grant Public Schools, Grants New Mexico

“A compelling story told at a fast, engaging pace. Like all good works of historical fiction, I especially like the way the narrative weaves a lot of real history into the story.—Scott Fuqua, attorney, Santa Fe, NM

Big Medicine Beautiful Water is currently taking pre-orders for autographed copies at Mikekatko@msn.com and MikeKatko.com. The tour and book launch will take place on December 18th at 3pm at the historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, NM. Print and e-book copies will be available on Amazon in January.



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