About LaRayne Topp

LaRayne M. Topp has enjoyed the world of freelance writing since she began putting words together for the local newspaper in 1987. A journalist and English major by education, Topp is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, a writing organization founded in 1925 by Nebraska writers of note: Willa Cather, Bess Streeter Aldrich, John G. Neihardt, Mari Sandoz and others. She is a stringer for a daily newspaper; has been a contributing editor for a number of regional and national magazines; and is also both a novelist and non-fiction writer, both traditionally published and an Indie author. Her books are available in digital or print on Amazon. They include the following:

  • Her most recent: Just Go: The Idea Book, Discovering What You Have to Offer
  • Eighty-one Seconds: The Attack and Aftermath as Tornadoes Hit Pilger, Stanton, Wakefield and Wisner, Nebraska
  • Letters from Lee: One Man’s Story of Vietnam
  • Women at the Reins: Farm Memories Based on the Collection From Mules to Microwaves
  • Images of America: Cuming County, Nebraska, by Arcadia Publishing


LaRayne Topp’s Books

Eighty-one Seconds

Eighty-one seconds. That’s all the time it took a diabolical tornado to crash through Pilger, Nebraska, on June 16, 2014, destroying more than 40 percent of its homes plus its business district. Eighty-one seconds. That’s all the time it took for a tornado to destroy farms of the same size on the same day throughout… [Read More]

Images of America

When European settlers first came to Cuming County, they saw only what the Omaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Ponca, and a few early trappers and traders had always seen: grass. They found acres of big bluestem, little bluestem, switchgrass, and sideoats grama. With slough grass growing as tall as a man on horseback, landmarks–a lone tree… [Read More]

Women at the Reins

If you wish you could recall just one of those rich old stories your grandmother used to tell about her life on the farm, this is the book to jog your memory. From tales of homemade underwear, sewn of flour sacking with the words Self-rising stamped on the backside, to stories of quilt making, cotton… [Read More]

Letters from Lee

A soldier’s experiences in times of war are as varied and filled with impact as the cause he or she fights to defend. The collection of soldier memories in Letters from Lee: One Man’s Story of Vietnam are those of one man, Lee Heckman, who took up arms during the Vietnam War. It’s been more… [Read More]

Just Go: The Idea Book

Have you ever wondered if your life could be fuller, richer, a force for good? If there’s a way for God to work through you to ease and enrich the days of others on their life journeys? Included in these pages are examples of those who have felt the desire, the need, the call to… [Read More]

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