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Todd Parnell

"Rowdy, ribald, and insightful!"

Books by Todd Parnell

Tackling important contemporary
issues in the rich and colorful
context of the Ozarks.

The Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy

Skunk Creek

What do you get when you mix the beauty of nature, Big Pork, politics, and prejudice? Murder, lust, and greed overtake a small Ozarks community. Book One in the Ozarkian Tales Trilogy.

Swine Branch

Who knows what lurks in the deepest, darkest corners of the Ozarks? And what do a mammoth environmental disaster, a series of ghastly murders, corrupt state politics, a bedouin shivaree, crooked bankers, and Noodler's Anonymous have in common? Skunk Creek!

Donny Brook

Who knows what lurks in the deep, dark corners of the Ozarks? Brutal murders, environmental disasters, corruption, and threats to their beloved and pristine Skunk Creek arise and upend the bucolic lives of the Hardlyvillains. How can they prevail?

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The Children of the Creek Trilogy

Wellspring of Evil

Is existence a battle between good and evil or evil and itself? Hardlyvillains are about to find out. The rollicking, friendly, loving bunch nestled deep in the Ozarks have seen it all. But now they're up against something they've never had to deal with before: evil for its own sake.

Stream of Life

Love, laughter, and hellbenders fill the void with hope and happiness as the Hardlyvillains' ever-resilient spirit rises to challenge after challenge.

Life is a River

WHAT IF . . .
What if Hardlyville is real? Really real?

What if an author can descend into her own creation and be greeted with open arms by the children of the creek? Ms. Randi Pflander, author (fictional) of the Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy as well as the Children of the Creek Trilogy, is about to find out.

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Todd Parnell began writing non-fiction during his years as a banker and educator, including published books The Buffalo, Ben, and Me; Mom at War; and Postcards from Branson. He is an award-winning author inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2012. He tried his hand at fiction upon retiring as president of Drury University and hasn't stopped writing since, completing the Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy, published by Pen-L Publishing, and is hard at work on a second trilogy, Children of the Creek. In his own words, "I've had great fun writing about the Ozarks and tackling important contemporary issues in that rich and captivating context!"
      Parnell is a civic leader, environmental advocate, co-founder of the Upper White River Basin Foundation, and retired CEO of THE BANK in Springfield. He recently completed his term as Chairman of the Missouri Clean Water Commission. He holds masters degrees in Business from Dartmouth University and History from Missouri State University, and is a graduate of Drury University.
      Born in Branson, Missouri, Todd is a sixth-generation Ozarker. He resides with Betty, his wife of forty years, in Springfield and is blessed with four children and five grandchildren. So far.

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