“THE TRAIL” Not just another walk in the woods

This might be a good time to inform blog readers of my forthcoming debut novel, The Trail. The book, a thriller, will be released by Turner Publishing next month.

The Trail has been a seven year writing project. The easiest part was my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2003. Three years later I began writing the novel and finished the first draft in 2007. It took two years of rewrites to finally get an agent. Then more rewrites (including a complete change to a younger protagonist) and the manuscript was sold last year.

You can read the synopsis by clicking here.     http://www.turnerpublishing.com/books/detail/the-trail

Essentially, I’ve placed a fugitive wanted for murder in North Carolina on the A.T. He’s nasty and likes women way too much. I’ll stop at that. In the novel’s afterword, I explain that I had a wonderful thru-hike experience and did not meet any problem characters. Although the plot in The Trail is imagined, eleven murders have occurred on or near the A.T. It’s always wise to stay alert in the wilds.

I’ve dedicated my novel to the Thru-Hiker. It’s not just another walk in the woods.

Until next time, happy trails!


Published by Ray Anderson

Hiker and writer. Have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. My trail name is "HAMLET." Have written three hiking novels (thrillers). The first one, "THE TRAIL," was traditionally published in 2015. My second hiking thriller, "SIERRA," released Oct 2016. Book three in my AWOL hiking-thriller series, "THE DIVIDE" releases from Turner Publishing 8/18/2020. www.RayKAnderson.com

4 thoughts on ““THE TRAIL” Not just another walk in the woods

  1. Hi Ray,

    Did you happen to see “The Mind of the Hiker” published in The Boston Globe Magazine this past Sunday? The A T is getting publicity!


    Sent from my iPhone

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