Weather and geography like this – a misty day in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, a world of tidewater glaciers, brown bears and humpback whales – inspired me to write my novel, JIMMY BLUEFEATHER. Twelve years in the making, the novel was released to strong acclaim (starred reviews in Kirkus and Library Journal) on September 1, 2015 by Alaska Northwest Books. I’ll be on a book tour from Juneau (9/28/15) to Missoula (11/4/15) hitting many cities and towns in the Pacific Northwest: Spokane 9/30, Bellingham 10/6, Bainbridge Island 10/8, Seattle (Ravenna Third Place Books) 10/10, Olympia (private reading at Maria Ruth’s house) 10/11, Portland (Annie Bloom’s) 10/13, Corvallis (Grassroots Books) 10/14, Sisters and Redmond (Paulina Springs Bookstores) 10/23-24, and Missoula (Fact & Fiction) 11/4. I hope to see you along the way.
Ferns with raindrops in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, at 17 million acres, the largest of 156 national forests in the U.S.
Hank Lentfer and his daughter Linnea play paddycake on a beach near the mouth of the Salmon River during a February sunset in Gustavus, Alaska.
After sailing to Antarctica for 20 years (1993-2013) and seeing midnight ice like this, I decided to stay home and concentrate on writing books and keep my carbon footprint a little lower. I still don’t ride my bike as often as I should, but I enjoy a quieter life and having to deal with fewer airports and crowds between Alaska and Antarctica. Many of my friends still go to the deep south and I enjoy hearing their stories. Others friends are wanting to go. I don’t blame them. Antarctica is the ice age; it’s Alaska 20,000 years ago.
Ethan came over to my house one September day and fed the chickadees at my feeder. It was great. Although the birds were active and hungry, they took awhile to warm up to Ethan. I wanted to get this shot when I did because Ethan’s parents, Laura and John, were about to cut his hair and I worried that it wouldn’t be this long again for months, maybe years. I also thought his hair would darken as he aged and I wanted it to be strikingly blond. This image was taken with a Nikon D7000 camera and a 70-200mm Nikon lens, shot at 1/1,250th of a (more…)