Alethea Williams grew up in southwest Wyoming. Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in the first in the Irish Blessings Series, Walls for the Wind. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her third book, a Western American pre-history spanning the North American continent, entitled N��piikoan Winter was a Laramie Awards 1st Place Prairie Fiction winner, and a Will Rogers Medallion gold level winner, and a WILLA Literary Award finalist. Joy That Long Endures is the second in the Irish Blessings series.