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Western Dakota Tech student publishes paranormal novel

Western Dakota Tech student, Cami Kuipers, will host a local author meet and greet from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Western Dakota Tech Library. The event will promote Kuipers newly-published novel, Mark of the Dagger.

Kuipers is a student in the Library Technician program and is on track to receive her Associate of Applied Science degree in May. She says the novel is the first in a series of three or more.

“I’ll always write,” Kuipers said. “I have to write.”

Mark of the Dagger is published through Celestial Water Publishing. Kuipers writes under the pen name Stella Rae and says a friend encouraged her to submit her novel.

Kuipers is hosting the local author meet and greet to fulfill program requirements in the Library Technician program. She also wants to promote awareness of local authors.

Other authors attending the event include:

            Jan Drexler

            BJ Sheldon

            Lisa Gallagher

            Jonas Lee

            Nikita Spoke

Western Dakota Tech Library Technician Director Jolie Hogancamp says projects like Kuipers’ help students achieve program learning outcomes and core abilities such as life skills, communication skills, technology skills, employability, and others.

“Demonstration of library programming planning helps our students build skills and behaviors needed for success,” Hogancamp said. “I’m happy for her accomplishments, both as a published author and a successful student.”

Read more about Mark of the Dagger on Amazon.

To learn more about the Western Dakota Tech Library Technician program, visit

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