Years ago, while living in New Hampshire, Matthew Deane's wife signed the aspiring author up for a monthly writing group.
"I would write short things about my childhood that would make people laugh," said Deane, who now lives in Oakley.
Then, about five years ago, Deane didn't have anything humorous to write.
His brother Jared, who struggled with his homosexuality, alcoholism and depression, committed suicide and left his Mormon family to pick up the pieces and deal with a lot of anger and frustration.
That was the seed of Deane's first book, a memoir called West of Independence, which was published earlier this year. It is about the Deane brothers' relationship, a road trip they took with their younger brother Connor and the things they learned about life together.
West of Independence