Saturday, November 22, 2014

Posthuma publishes novel with Elkhart setting

Lisabeth Poshuma, an Elkhart native, publishes fictional novel that takes place in Elkhart.

Posted on Oct. 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 15, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.

ELKHART — Lisabeth Posthuma claims that authors write about what they know, and what she remembers from growing up in Elkhart is manifested in her recently published book, “Songs Eight Six.”

“I wanted to make it as real as I could for me,” said Posthuma, who explained that the characters of her novel grew up in Middlebury.

While Posthuma resides in Detroit, she lived in Elkhart for 25 years, graduating from Concord High School where she eventually worked for two years. Her novel is strongly influenced by her life in Elkhart, she says.

“It’s a story about a girl who has everything that young girls are looking for,” says Posthuma, “and is faced with the question of if there’s anything more to life.”

Posthuma recalls specific places in the greater Elkhart area that inspired sections of her book. Stephenson’s bridal and women’s fashion shop, the Daily Grind coffee shop, and Essenhaus and Rulli’s restaurants in Middlebury are all locations found within Posthuma’s book.

Posthuma says that she plans to come back to Elkhart County in late November to promote the book.

“Songs Eight Six” is available for purchase on in electronic and print versions. More information about Posthuma can be found on her blog at

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