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CdA doctor pens novel around North Idaho’s defeat of Aryans

COEUR d’ALENE — Ever since he was a little lad — hard to imagine this guy was ever little — Eric Heidenreich dreamed of writing a novel.

But first there was growing up to do in Pullman, Wash., followed by small-college football and a biology degree from Whitworth University just up the road in Spokane. For the towering Heidenreich, all 6-foot-5 of him, serious writing would have to wait. He earned a military scholarship to Dartmouth Medical School, rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force before retiring from active duty in 1997, and launched a 10-year career as chief of inpatient psychiatry in Twin Falls.

There was scant time to write there but Heidenreich somehow managed while he and his wife, Tanya, raised three children. “When I was in southern Idaho I wrote a book that actually got an editor interested,” he said, “but by then I was too bored with it to finish. It was nonfiction called ‘Your Brain’s A Dangerous Neighborhood: Don’t Go In There Alone.’ Basically, it was about all the stupid things people do on their own.” When he closed the book on that effort, Heidenreich came to a new conclusion: “Maybe fiction would be more interesting.” Read more. Mike Patrick, CdA Press

The author describes "Greyhound Therapy" as  “historical fiction with emphasis on ‘fiction,’ with some suspense and a tad bit of romance thrown in," and says he was inspired by North Idaho’s victory over Richard Butler’s white supremacists.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.