This blog is about hiking, so it makes sense to me to introduce you to my newest Awol hiking thriller, Sierra. But first, I should back up a bit and tell you how these novels all started.
How does a retired Coca-Cola salesman living a quiet life near Boston, Massachusetts become an author of thrillers? It all started in 2003 when I hiked the Appalachian Trail after taking an early retirement at age 60. As I walked alone one day, I began to wonder “what if…?” and conjured up a serial killer loose on the trail, stalking other hikers. He collides with a Gulf War vet with PTSD who calls himself “AWOL.” That scenario became The Trail, my first novel published last year by Turner Publishing. It’s doing well and has made Boston’s South Shore top-ten fiction listings several times.
This month, Sierra, the second novel in the series, releases. Sierra pits “Awol” against a drug cartel on the Pacific Crest Trail – which I’ve also hiked. I’m now working on the third novel in the series, set on the Continental Divide Trail. And I’m still hiking.
I hope my blog followers will check out Sierra. It’s available (as is The Trail) from bookstores as well as Amazon and other outlets. I’d love to hear from you about the novel. Thank you, and happy trails!
Congratulations Ray. I’ll get my copy of Sierra at Amazon. I hope you will sign my copy when you visit the Villages Book Club this winter.
Happy trails, Ron
Thanks, Ron. I’ll be glad to sign your copy, and I look forward to seeing you and all the Florida gang. Stay well.
My copy of “Sierra” arrived this week and I am eager to get started. Hope you will do a book meeting at PBC when you come back for the season. Thanks, Ray, for a fine newsletter. Virginia Ober Fort Lauderdale
Thank you, Virginia. Yes, I would very much like to do another book meeting–anywhere, anyplace. My best to you during the holiday season!