About the Author

Kevin Yaney has always had a fascination with history, especially American history surrounding some of the most turbulent times of the past. There is no more troubling time in U.S. history than the American Civil War.

Kevin’s forebearers were part of the Indiana frontier that became Delaware County, Indiana. When you read The Fourth of July trilogy, you will recognize their influence. It is from this place and lineage that the stories of Louisa, George and Will McLain have unfolded in the three books of The Fourth of July trilogy.

Kevin previously published Memorial Day, (Buttermilk Ridge Books, 2010). It is a novel about a WWII veteran, his estranged son and the ties that pulled them both back together one Memorial Day. In 2013, he published a Christian book on faith development, In a Boat with Jesus.

A native of Ossian, Indiana, Kevin now lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife and their two dogs. They have three grown children. Kevin owns Yaney Marketing, Inc. and is active in his community with a variety of causes.

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Kevin Yaney is available for speaking engagements, interviews and book signings. He speaks on Civil War themed subjects. The podcasts below will give you a sampling of his style. Contact him with your request.

Fourth of July Book Three My Brothers Keeper
Memorial Day is Kevin Yaney’s first book.
Published in 2010
160 pages


Other publications

Memorial Day

Joe Calley was a decorated WWII hero. Every year he marched in the Memorial Day parade in his hometown of Downers Grove, Iowa. The parade led to the town’s cemetery where Joe would say a prayer honoring the war dead and then retreat to a dark room in the back of his house. Blinds drawn and door shut, he would spend the rest of the day in seclusion.

Benjamin Calley had been estranged from his father, Joe, ever since his day in college. Now living in Chicago, Ben cannot get past the haunting memory of his father marching in the parade and closing himself off from the world. Ben decides this Memorial Day will be different. He determines he will get past the door of seclusion and find out the answer to the mystery of Memorial Day. Yet, Ben is not prepared for what he will find on the other side of that door.

Schedule Kevin Yaney to speak to your group

Kevin Yaney is the author of The Fourth of July trilogy, historical fiction novels set during the war and chronicling the trials and tribulations of two Indiana brothers involved in the war and their widowed mother. He speaks to groups about Indiana's involvement in the Civil War and incorporates local history into all of his talks. 

Find out more about Kevin Yaney.

Upcoming Speaking Events in 2024

Join Kevin Yaney as he speaks about the Civil War at these events

June 5, 11:00 a.m. Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple (Indianapolis). Meeting at MCL, 86th and Towne Road, Indianapolis, IN

July 6, 10:00 a.m. - Civil War Veterans Walking Tour at Riverside Cemetery, 201 S. 5th Street, Noblesville, IN  -  REGISTER for the Walking Tour at Riverside Cemetery

July 20, 10:00 a.m. - Civil War Veterans Walking Tour at Maplewood Cemetery, 200 College Dr., Anderson, IN  -  REGISTER for the Walking Tour at Maplewood Cemetery

September 21 - Indy Honor Flight

Nov 13 - Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable, Carmel, IN


Our Rotary Club thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Kevin as our speaker at a recent club meeting.  We have many educators and history buffs in our club, and his presentation was engaging and well researched.  He presented in a way that was interactive and made the topic of the Civil War as it pertained to Indiana's involvement very interesting .
It was great to hear how that important time in history related to our local community!  I would recommend his presentation to any group, young or old!
Carrie Dixon

President-Elect and Acting Secretary, Noblesville Rotary Club

The storyline was captivating. The back and forth and following up with each of the main characters was well done. I have been to the 22 major battlefields of the Civil War. All the back and forth in Virginia, the trip to Andersonville brings back many fond memories of my trips there.

Charles F. Bragg, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, The Society of Indiana Pioneers

Every high school and college student should be required to read the introduction to your books. Excellent books!
Well written and researched.

William C Jeffries

Lieutenant Colonel (retired), U.S. Army

Your program was A+, and highly informational and educational.  Your presentation pacing was spot-on and the amount of information covered was excellent.  Your engagement of all ages that attended is to be commended, as was your recognition of the military veterans in the group.

Don Nicholls

I really enjoyed the event!  You are an excellent speaker with great knowledge to share. I like how you engaged and included your audience and captured the attention of the kids as well.

Karen Baird

OUTSTANDING presentation!  Thank you so much for being with our group today.

Gary Lawrence

Bus Captain, Indy Honor Flight

Veterans Day walking tour at Crownland Cemetery

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Civil War Veterans Walking Tour at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville, Indiana. Here are some photos of the event.

Spies, slave-runners and two brothers' struggle to survive the war

The Fourth of July is a Civil War trilogy that will have you turning pages to see what will happen next

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when you order the three-book series

West Maplewood Cemetery Walking Tour

July 20, 2024, 10:00 a.m.


This event is free, but you must register to attend.

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