Western Writers of America 2019 Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel
After rejections by dozens of literary agencies, I published my novel Deep Fire Rise with Latah Books — a small publishing house in Spokane, Washington. Now, Deep Fire Rise has been chosen as one of three Spur Finalists for Best Western Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America. It may not be a Pulitzer, but it sure is sweet to be recognized for something that I put my heart and soul into.
Thank you to the Spur Award committee for their nomination, and to the WWA organization for honoring the best of the west!
Segment Will Replay on Northwestern Outdoors Radio on July 14th
On July 14th, my discussion about elk hoof disease with John Kruse, host of Northwestern Outdoors Radio, will replay on 60+ stations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Originally airing last fall, the segment was recently awarded first place in the conservation/nature category by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The national organization met in June for its 91st annual conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Thanks again to John Kruse for tracking this important issue. Your listeners are lucky to have such a strong outdoors advocate.
Join me at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22nd at the Longview Public Library for a reading from my new novel, Deep Fire Rise. From 3:30-5 p.m. the same day, I will be conducting a writing workshop open to the public at Lower Columbia College.
The Minds of Girls: A New Path for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Successful Women
As an investigative journalist who has written extensively about environmental toxins, I was honored to help edit Dr. Gurian’s latest book, The Minds of Girls. Every parent can surely benefit from Dr. Gurian’s chapters about protecting children from the hazards of neurotoxins and excessive screen time/social media, two topics which are especially salient to our ailing modern society.
Dr. Gurian points out that while we must continue to combat harmful gender stereotypes and discrimination, we must also be willing to burst our media bubbles and examine other sources for the alarming increases in depression, anxiety, addiction, and developmental disorders among modern girls. Dr. Gurian demonstrates that one of the chief causes of these maladies are environmental neurotoxins which attack healthy gene expression and can even be passed along epigenetically for multiple generations.
Sadly, these environmental neurotoxins are ubiquitous in our modern environment. They usually originate from pesticides, plastics, heavy metals, and other under-regulated chemicals — often winding up in common foods, drinks, lotions, bottles, toys, etc. While it’s not easy, these chemicals can be avoided with vigilance, and Dr. Gurian provides many tips for helping keep your children as strong and vivacious as nature intended.
The Minds of Girls abounds with wisdom, scientific insight, and old-fashioned common sense. It will arm you with practical and philosophical tools to defend your children. I encourage you to join Dr. Gurian in this courageous conversation.