As you know, much of life revolves around change. The paragraphs further below describe my long-distance hiking life of former years. This new section here is about writing and my long-time interest in speculative fiction. Some would say, Sci-fi.
Although I’m not a mathematician, linguist, or musician, these disciplines have always fascinated me. For years, I’ve looked for these themes in books and novels but rarely found two of the themes together never mind all three.
My next novel, LIFT: The Rise of M-L-M, is speculative and includes all three disciplines. It releases in May 2024, and under my website headings “Newsletters” and “Books,” you can learn more about this novel.
So far, I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail.
I developed an abiding interest in hiking when I began climbing the 4000+ foot mountains of New Hampshire; there are 48 of them. After those, I climbed the rest of the 4000 footers in New England (five in Vermont, fourteen in Maine). This year, I tackle the Adirondacks in upstate NY (46).
I’ve written, on and off, most of my life and in the last few years have written three hiking novels (working on a fourth). My first hiking novel, The Trail (Appalachian Trail thriller) was traditionally published by Turner Publishing in October, 2015. The second novel in my AWOL thriller series, Sierra (Pacific Crest Trail) was released in October 2016. Book three, The Divide, takes place along the mighty Continental Divide Trail and released in September 2020. I’ve done a radio column on hiking and have written columns for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) newsletter. I’ve also blogged for Hingham, MA “Patch.”
I’m married and have three children. Happy to say, my wife, Nancy, has stood by me all the way.
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