Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

College of Idaho student self-publishes novel

2010. 12. 14.

College of Idaho senior April Patton recently released her first book, a young adult fantasy novel entitled A Way to Wish. Patton, a 21-year-old majoring in creative writing and art, published the book through Xlibris, a self-publishing company in Indiana. The book is the first of three Patton plans to release for a series called “The Nightlight Ascension.”

“It started out as a short story that I couldn't finish,” Patton said. “The next thing I knew, I had 300 pages. It's kind of a startup project. I am hoping a big publisher buys it but for me, the important thing was getting it on the shelves.”

Patton, a graduate of nearby Ontario (Oregon) High, will be on hand to sign copies of the book inside The College of Idaho Bookstore on Wednesday, December 15 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patton and her family were thrilled to see the book – for which Patton also designed the cover art – in print.

“It was crazy to actually hold it in my hand,” Patton said. “I've sold some copies already, which is really exciting to me. It's weird to see people buying and reading your book. Hopefully they enjoy it.”

Patton describes the book as “teen to young adult fantasy, but definitely not a vampire book.” The story follows a young woman's journey from a small, quiet town to a strange, magical land called Wish. Patton said she already has the sequel outlined and is looking forward to finishing the series. A Way to Wish is available for purchase at the C of I Bookstore, on the Xlibris website and on

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit