I am a tale-spinner. My childhood heroes were Jules Verne and Victor Appleton II, architects of fantastic adventures. Hemingway stepped in when I discovered that the trials and triumphs of real people – those with limited physical and financial resources – were even more intriguing than science fiction. Today I try to follow that example with my own characters. They are the ‘you and me’ of the world, ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances, beaten down perhaps and yet determined to succeed. Invariably they find adventure, romance and self-fulfillment, as should we all.
When not absorbed in the pages of some new author or hammering away at my latest manuscript I can be found living and running in Stowe, VT. Visit my website at www.CabsLantern.com and feel free to drop me a line at JeffRussell@CabsLantern.com.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Connecticut, and while my early years were not 'privileged' they at least were secure enough to let me daydream. I did this often, looking for interesting ideas and observations, and then building complete stories around them. As I aged and moved about the stories became more involved and the plot more challenging but always with the goal of creating a rewarding saga based in reality.
How would you describe your characters?
They are you and I ... ordinary people with their share of faults and emotional baggage but who rise above the norm when pushed by extraordinary circumstances. For the most part they are people who come to accept that they need other people - friends and significant others - to make their lives complete.
What if you could live your dreams? What if the power of imagination could erase the inequities of life? The staff at Eden makes that possible and Kat Hammond turns to them when nothing else can erase the pain of her mother’s progressive illness. But something sinister takes place there and when Kat learns the truth she becomes trapped in a nightmare from which no one returns.
Cab Marin struggles with giving up the security of his island paradise to be with Vicki, his long-distance love. He envisions a bold new career that will close the gap between them but is side-tracked when news of the lost treasure ship El Conquista tempts him into a daring adventure with great potential but even greater risks.
A struggling dive shop operator and a marine biology graduate student happen upon an antique ship's lantern that continues to glow deep underwater, along with a massive barracuda that appears to be standing guard. Their subsequent search for rational explanations takes them on a journey of scientific and emotional discovery that puts their dreams, and their lives, in peril.
The Dream Shelf follows Sam Archer on a journey of hope, frustration, elation and shame as he struggles to uncover the secret of his father’s hidden past. Along the way it examines the basis of human motivation, asks whether doing the wrong thing can sometimes be the right thing to do and highlights lessons in sacrifice and integrity that one generation must pass on to the next.