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 3 ~

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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I used to have a honey website called "Honeyfiend" but it went out of date and I had no time to maintain it, so I've moved the best of it to a new section here called "Honey". Now that it has a place again, you'll be seeing posts about good honey I find there. Also for area natives there is a help...

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The Seattle Symphony does too few concerts each year of the series called "[untitled]": only three, which (in addition to shows by the Seattle Modern Orchestra) are essential for locals wanting to hear more recent music performed live. Tonight's was the second [untitled] for this season, but the las...

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On this night I went with a bunch of friends to see Fatoumata Diawara play and sing with her band at Seattle's Neptune Theater. It was a good time. Diawara has a great voice, but I also liked it when she played the guitar as well, with her sort of free, warm style. I've listened to Diawara's album...

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