I'm a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidently, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.
To me, much of my writing is about how the challenges of fishing and the beauty of the outdoors helped me come to terms with loss and with a world I can't always understand. In a sense, my writing is autobiographical, as it reflects my own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.
On the long road of my journey, I slowly learned that, even when I don't have answers, I must strive to find forgiveness and self-worth and to connect to the good in the world. (This is how I define spirituality.) I therefore love books where the main characters struggle against inner and outer conflicts and then try to do what's right.
My most recent book is, The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery.
on April 18, 2011 :
I really enjoyed the book. The characters were very believable, and I enjoyed reading about the time period it took place in. I'm going to have to work on my fly casting techniques now. I look forward to reading his next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2011 :
This book was considerably longer then the first one that I read by this author. Again I had received a coupon code in exchange for a review.
Once again, the author really delivered on creating characters that were believable. At times the story felt a little slow moving and choppy. However it really was a great tale. I loved the fact that young Ian had met up with Izzy after the fishing tournament.
One thing I came away with was the fact that sometimes life’s lessons come from people and places that you would never expect.
Another thing I would like to comment on is the fact that the father character was extremely narrowed minded towards the beginning. But then again, many people were like that back in those times.
(reviewed long after purchase)