What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy?

For Conrad it’s definitely not dusty Los Angeles, where he’s stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters.

Paradise is the forest where his dad still lives,
by the water where everything is beautiful,
where he belongs.

IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
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An epic four-day 25-mile backpacking trip with good friends in the north Cascades of Washington State: starting with the unmaintained East Creek Trail (day 1), going over Mebee Pass and down to the PCT where the Methow River starts (day 2), up over Methow Pass to a campsite where we dayhiked to the...

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Tonight I saw the 1989 Australian film Celia. I commend the new Beacon Cinema in Seattle for playing it, otherwise I might not have known about it. Far from being a horror movie as it was mistakenly packaged (Senses of Cinema has an essay outlining how that happened), the layers of this film u...

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My novel Year of the Amphibian has received a five-star review from IndieReader, and I'm over the moon about it. Especially gratifying is that the reviewer is so perceptive about what I was up to in the novel.

On the reviews listing page IndieReader calls Year of the Amphibian "a timeless, be...

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As a part of my big east coast trip to visit family and friends, I took the IBPA up on their offer to give away books at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. This event was huge: a cavernous underground space, and endless booths packed with books plus anything publishing-related (like enor...

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As a part of placing as a finalist in two categories of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, I was invited to an awards gala in Washington D.C. That being on the other side of the continent from Seattle, I might not normally have been able to attend, but it just so happened that I was flyin...

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