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Indiana farm boy releases his 1st novel

Courtesy of Steve Cain Steve Cain
NEW AUTHOR: Steve Cain, Brookston, Ind., recently unveiled his first novel. An Indiana farm boy and Purdue graduate, Cain also once managed the Farm Progress Show and is a former managing editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer.
This author and Hoosier native has ties to Indiana Prairie Farmer.

If you know your Farm Progress Show history, the name Steve Cain might ring a bell. He is a former Farm Progress Show manager. He managed the 1981 show near Brimfield, Ill. He also was a writer and managing editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer until he accepted a position with Purdue University Extension in the late 1980s. While working for Purdue Extension, he was responsible for managing websites related to how to respond to natural disasters, among other duties.

Born into a farm family, Cain returned to White County, Ind., in retirement, and recently published his first novel. “It’s been a lifelong goal to write novels, and now I am making it happen,” Cain says. His wife, Kathryn, is also an author.

What would a farm boy and former Farm Progress Show manager write a novel about? Agriculture, of course!

Based on a cattle farm on the Indiana prairie, much like where he grew up and now lives, the novel follows the fictional Hoffman family through three generations, including two World Wars, Prohibition, gangsters, prejudice, unpredictable weather and the Great Depression.  

Cain says the main character, John Hoffman, returns to his farm in Indiana after World War I. He carries a troubling secret that threatens to tear the family apart.

You can order “Sunset Kings” as an eBook from the Kindle Store for $3.99 plus tax. Order the paperback from for $11.99 plus shipping and tax. If you know Cain and want an autographed copy for $14.99 plus tax and shipping, email [email protected]. You can learn more at

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