How I started
writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
taught English in an alternative high school
for fifteen years and thanks to my students, I started writing. When
them a short story or a whole novel (yeah, I read whole novels out loud
class), we’d stop at certain points and they’d write scenes using
from the story. My students were having so much fun doing this that I
get in on it, so I started writing scenes, too. Soon I started writing
stories and was writing before school, after school and on the
all summer long. My head was spinning with so many stories that I left
teaching job so I could write full-time. I was a full-time writer for four years. Today I teach and write.
That's me during Spring Break-up.
Cascade Glacier in Prince William Sound
Denali--the highest mountain in North America
Sandhill Cranes at Creamers Refuge
Where I live
Free flowing rivers.
And the wildlife.
I’d been bitten by the Alaska-bug, not to be mistaken for the
our state bird.
Caribou on the Delta River
Moose in my backyard
Bald Eagle in Prince William Sound
Getting around in Alaska
a small percentage of Alaska is accessible by road. Fortunately, I've
been able to travel by plane, boat and helicopter to some of the remote
corners of my home state because I worked on a couple of Wildlife
Refuges. Below are some photos I took of those places.
Sun set on the Bering Sea Coast on Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
The ice-locked Beaufort Sea Coast on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Peters Lake in the Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Exploring by kayak
Prince William Sound
above four photos are all from Prince William Sound, a wilderness of
mountainous islands and rugged coastline
where I have paddled a kayak many hundreds of miles in my life over the
last twenty years. My first kayak trip was a nine week five-hundred
mile adventure with a friend. I returned to the Sound the following
summer for a three week two-hundred mile solo trip. Below is a picture
of one of my solo camps. Every summer I try to make it to Prince
Every summer I also try to spend time paddling on a few of the rivers that flow in Interior Alaska.
Above is my wife, Dana on a bluff overlooking the Tanana River. Below is one of our camps.
All of the wilderness experiences, plus the many encounters with animals just outside my front door, continue to inspire my writing.
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