Irving Warner was born in Modesto, California in 1941. He moved to Alaska in 1964 where he stayed until 1996. During that time he worked in fisheries research, with a brief tenure in sea bird studies. Switching careers at the age of 40, he moved into community college teaching, teaching at Kodiak College, University of Alaska, Anchorage system, until 1996 when he took early retirement and took up full time writing. He moved to Washington state in 1996 and then on to Hawaii. He has since moved back to Washington. In 2002, his first novel Wagner, Descending: The Wrath of the Salmon Queen was published by Pleasure Boat Studio, as was the 2007 historical novel The War Journal of Lila Ann Smith.
Chigger looked through the shrubbery into the open dance floor of Momma Bomba’s and watched Junior Ricardo on the stage doing his version of Chicano hip-hop. He was surrounded by whores, other hangers on and Chigger hated that rich bastard. He wished he could go over to Junior’s fancy sports car and take his baseball bat to it.
This book is based on a true story of the invasion and subsequent occupation of the Island of Attu by the Japanese during WW2. This action was followed by the removal of the occupants of Attu to another island near Japan.
These are not “touristy” stories. They are deep and hard, a reflection of the regions in which they’re set. In the Alaska segment, Warner focuses on the passions that isolation and weather can bring out in human beings. In his “Hawaiian Island Trilogy,” he looks at a different kind of mythos – the often ethereal dimension of time.