Interview with Agio Publishing House

What do your fans mean to you?
It blows me away when someone reads one of my stories or books and then contacts me. I've had compliments from people in Germany and England, and of course across North America - wherever people live who are fascinated with the Yukon. Recently I was contacted by a dog musher in Willow, Alaska, who invited me and Marsha to come there for a dog mushing holiday. We'll speak to two musher associations and have a book signing in Palmer. What fun! THAT is what writing can do: connect people across space and time.
What are you working on next?
I have just published DOG TEAM TO DAWSON, about a trip in 1977. It is the prequel to my previously-published NINE DOG WINTER. I am thinking about a prequel to the prequel - even earlier stories.
Meanwhile I am editing and publishing other people's books at our publishing company, AGIO PUBLISHING HOUSE.
And, I am researching a book about strategic planning and being a director of a non-profit, co-op or business.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Editing books. Walking the dog. Yoga. Kayaking. Soccer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about seven, there was a national contest for a soup - clam chowder. I don't remember the brand. You had to write why you liked their soup in so many words. My older brother, who was incredibly clever in everything, and I entered, as did thousands of other kids across the country. Well, I won! The prize was a sailboat - about 3 feet long and almost as tall - that I could sail in a pond. My mother said I won and not John because I actually liked clam chowder and John didn't. "Always tell the truth" was her advice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about seven, there was a national contest for a soup - clam chowder. I don't remember the brand. You had to write why you liked their soup in so many words. My older brother, who was incredibly clever in everything, and I entered, as did thousands of other kids across the country. Well, I won! The prize was a sailboat - about 3 feet long and almost as tall - that I could sail in a pond. My mother said I won and not John because I actually liked clam chowder and John didn't. "Always tell the truth" was her advice.
Published 2014-02-14.
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