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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~ Journal 2 ~

In June 2019 I went on a short road trip with my mother to visit my sister in San Diego. Along the way we visited Torrey Pines Nature Reserve. The day was overcast, giving everything that coastal 'gray glow'. My mom couldn't make it down and up the rough path to the cliffs so she waited at a bench u...

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I'm happy to announce that the 2019 IndieReader Discovery Awards have named "Year of the Amphibian" as winner of Best First Book for fiction. Hurray! In the coming weeks, a full review of the book will be posted to their site, and it will also be featured in an “All About the Book” interview featu...

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More fantastic news! My book "Year of the Amphibian" has been named as a finalist in two categories of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words), and First Novel (over 90,000 words). Hooray! I will add links and more details when the official annou...

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Great news today! My book "Year of the Amphibian" has been listed as a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Naturally I am thrilled. Over 1,900 books were entered this year, and less than 10% of the nominees were chosen as category finalists (only 1 - 6 per category), so my book stands w...

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Today my son Tanner and his girlfriend Erin inaugurated a new business called Sticky Treats & Sweets at the South Lake Union Saturday Market. It was a long road to get to this point, so besides seeing poeple enjoy the dessert so much it was especially gratifying to see it completely sell out! No...

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