Cover This Country Like Snow - Kristine's completed (but as yet unpublished) book of ten short stories is set in the Owens Valley, a region not often celebrated in fiction. The Owens Valley is at the epicenter of water wars waged in California since the early 1900s. Cover This Country Like Snow combines literary fiction, natural history, nature writing, creative nonfiction and historical fiction to bring real and imagined people and places alive for contemporary audiences at a time when water is increasingly becoming humanity’s most precious commodity.
As the City of Los Angeles commemorated the 100th anniversary in November 2013 of the completion of the aqueduct that bears its name, it is time to remember the place it traverses and the people for whom it was built.
How did these stories come about?
One weekend, while hunting for wedding sites in the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula with her fiancé, Kristine caught the John Steinbeck bug; she read several Steinbeck novels and novellas back-to-back as well as Jay Parini’s biography of the writer. Zeigler was enchanted by Steinbeck’s childhood home, the Salinas Valley. She subsequently read Steinbeck’s short story cycle, Pastures of Heaven and within a few minutes realized she had found the way in to her own stories in her own valley – the short story cycle.
The short story cycle’s central feature — made popular in the late 1800s — is its collection of interrelated stories, united in its focus on a single character or a setting. Each story is complete in and of itself. This form has given Zeigler the inspiration to tell her own stories.
The Right Call (working title) - Zeigler's next book is set in Southern California and stars Beanpole, an unforgettable character who does something that has never been done in Major League baseball.