Interview with Stewart Nash

When did you first start writing?
When I was fifteen I sent an article to Outdoor Life Magazine about my father and I on a couple of big game hunts. The story was rejected as it wasn’t of the quality for their magazine. I was somewhat disappointed, but at least I tried. I didn’t write anything else until I was asked, as a licensed land surveyor, to give a presentation on surveying to a college class. Putting it all down on paper, re-reading, and editing seemed a fun and interesting thing to do. Before being licensed, I had thought about the different ways an individual could make money on an ongoing basis. I couldn’t sing worth a hoot to make a record, and had no interest in musical instruments. Writing was the only other potential I could think of. I started to write articles for the state surveyors magazine, telling of unusual incidents while surveying. I didn’t seriously consider writing a novel until I was in my fifties.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was semi-retired and was living in a motor home between Arizona and B.C. Canada, depending on the time of year. This full time motor home thing was because our house didn’t sell for three years. I had been considering writing a novel similar to an actual incident that happened to a U.S. Forest Service surveyor, who was killed on a mountain top in Montana by an escapee from a mental institution. While in Arizona I had the time; keyboard on my lap, the monitor and desktop on a board between the driver and passenger seat, and with the small television on, I wrote the complete story, which took place where I had surveyed in the Colorado mountains. That novel is titled, 'Third Man On The Mountain,' an e-book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
In 1999 I spent my summers in BC Canada. I was aware of a 1930's telegraph line through northern BC, and doing some research found that an 1864 telegraph line was racing against the Atlantic telegraph to see who could reach Europe first. Curious, I began to investigate further and that led to my first historical novel titled "The Last 300 Miles,' published in 2001 and was a BC bestseller. That book is now on Amazon and other e-book formats by the original publisher, but under G. Stewart Nash. Since then my interest has been in historical novels and has currently led to a historical accounting of the only railroad exploration across the northern Rocky Mountains in 1853-54, and a subsequent military road in 1864 from Fort Benton, MT to Walla Walla WA, 630 miles in length. Now, the research and putting together historical accountings are my joy in writing. I like using as much action and adventure as pertinent to the story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm not an everyday writer. When I do, I find myself working at it for four hours straight, wondering where the time has gone. I've been a hunter and fisherman since my early teens. In 2001 we sold the motor home and of all the places I have lived and worked throughout the western states and Canada as a land surveyor, I pondered about where I would most like to live. The Helena, MT area won out. It had great hunting and fishing, plus the surrounding area has some of the best all- around gold prospecting potential of anywhere else I've been. I fly fish small streams and rivers and take the boat out on a 20 mile long reservoir, the first along the Missouri River. We pan for gold, and I use a drywasher close to home. I smoke trout, make wild game jerky, and barbeque regularly.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Who Is - Jesus Christ
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
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The trinity doctrine has been a point of contention ever since the death and resurrection of Jesus. Besides the physical and spiritual work He accomplished as a man of flesh and bone, what evidence is there that Jesus the Christ has anything to do with a trinity. If there are questions such as these that deserves an answer, this small book will answer them.
Pursuit of the Blackhawk
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 61,980. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Stephen Doyle just returned from a job for the Western Union Extension Company in the northern Colony of British Columbia; the race against the Atlantic Cable Co. to reach Europe with telegraph. His shanghaied wife of eighteen months had returned, escaping the ship Blackhawk. Stephen walked the docks asking, where can I find the Blackhawk
Third Man on the Mountain
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Phillip Thorton owns a survey company in the Colorado Rockies. He finds his hired help on a knoll, dead, suspecting a heart attack, learns he had a broken neck, begins an investigation which soon puts him in grave danger. He fights for his life on two occasions. Recruiting his rancher friend and hands, they deal with the killers.
DISCOVERY - The Richest Acre On Earth
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 50,780. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Some Confederate soldiers captured in the Civil War were told: go to prison, or go out west. Pomp Dennis and Washington Baker went west, steaming up the Missouri River to Montana Territory. Forming a partnership with three others, their discovery in a small creek was named Confederate Gulch, and led to the richest acre on earth.
The Copper Shield
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,980. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada
A 1779 discovery journey takes Captain Tristan Cárdenes, twenty-one soldiers, a friar, and eight horses, to the coast of British Columbia. Their charge: travel inland for forty days and determine occupation of indigenous peoples, their numbers, strengths and wealth, and claim the land for Spain. A shipwreck leaves Cárdenes, three men, and three horses stranded. Now they must find a way back home.