Local author's inaugural novel wins Willa Award

PRESCOTT – The strength and character Susan Lang built as a young girl growing up in the wilderness is the foundation of the character she created in her first novel, "Small Rocks Rising."

Lang recently won the Willa Award (named after author Willa Cather who wrote "Death Comes to the Arch Bishop") for her book, which is the first of a trilogy.

The novel tells the story of a woman "homesteading in the wilderness in an isolated canyon in 1929," Lang explains.