The 482-page novel, published by CreateSpace, is the result of more than a dozen drafts of Skopp's story, which he said, with a chuckle, is "as good as I can make it."
"It's been a life's career," Skopp said of his work on the book.
Margaret Lavinia Anderson - a professor of history from the University of California, Berkeley - called "Shadows Walking" a "meticulously researched, brilliantly written novel" that "will haunt readers of history and fiction alike." It's praise like that makes Skopp feel like the time invested in his book hasn't been spent in vain.
"She's one of the leading historians of Germany in the United States and highly thought of throughout the world. So, I'm definitely pleased with her approval," said Skopp.
Skopp will read from "Shadows Walking" and sign copies of his book next week. He'll first appear at the Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. His next appearance will be at the Peru Free Library, 3024 State Route 22, Peru, Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.shadowswalking.com.
Skopp's book is currently available on-line at www.amazon.com and HYPERLINK "http://www.createspace.com" www.createspace.com and at the SUNY Plattsburgh college bookstore. He is currently in the process of arranging for it to be available at other local retailers.