Posts Tagged ‘outdoor adventure story’

Orange Torpedo River Trips

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Thanks to Erik at Orange Torpedo for including a short piece on “The Middle Fork” in its online newsletter: http://www.orangetorpedo.com/blog/blog/2010/04/middle-fork-political-novel.html.

Why I Wrote “The Middle Fork”

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I wrote this story to share my profound love of the wilderness and the great excitement of steering my own kayak down a wild river with a group of both friends and strangers. I admit I got carried away with flash floods, snake attacks and exciting romance, but what the heck, it’s fiction. When people travel to disparate environments, they almost always bring everything they are caught up with at home with them. So it is on the Middle Fork. The passions of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” are religion, and the same intense feelings float down a swollen river in my story as politics. And, politics is the new religion for many people. Hot button topics are aired out in regular “speak” by normal Americans hell bent on championing their cause. Yes, the debate is interrupted by vicious rapids and pesky snakes, but it all weaves together to entertain and provide food for thought. Finally, this is an American story. No “old country” shtick or quaint references—just people like us in real-time thinking, talking and running the river.

San Francisco Writer’s Conference

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I met a lot of good writers and a bunch of fast lane literary agents in San Francisco last weekend at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Best selling author, Steve Barry, gave a dynamite talk on plot development–very cool. There was quite a bit of interest in The Middle Fork and some were taking a look at the new book in the works working titled, “Spanish Pieces of Eight.”