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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Ten copies of Year of the Amphibian went off in the mail today to the winners of my second Goodreads giveaway, to celebrate the first year since publication. Congratulations to the chosen ones!

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Today an author interview with me was released on the IndieReader website. In June my novel "Year of the Amphibian" won Best First Book in the 2019 IndieReader Discovery Awards, and also received a five-star review. As a part of that they did an interview as well. Read it here!

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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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