I was a forester in the 1980’s doing timber stand exams for the forest service in Oregon. I then moved to Eugene Oregon and worked 20 yrs in the disability community as an outreach worker. When I retired I found the box of my journals and wrote these novels from them: "From the Waters of Coyote Springs" "Felix and Eve" and "The Arrangement". which are available in e books at this smashwords site. The paperback called "The Eve Chronicles" is all three novels made into one paperback which is available at email@example.com.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"From the Waters of Coyote Springs" is a fictionalized memoir that I wrote about the days I lived in the forest near Joseph Oregon where I worked as a forester doing timber inventories. Eve a self reliant woman of the 80's striking out on her own from a failed marriage in Wisconsin. She lives in a camp with five other mismatched vagabonds who move from forest to forest as they survey the forests for the forest service. Eve earns her nickname "Queen of the comeback" from the way she holds her own in a predominately male profession. She spends the winter in the temperate rain forest near Alsea near the Oregon coast. And learns to open herself to love again. "Felix and Eve" is about an elderly man in Gold Beach Oregon hires Eve as his live in caregiver. Felix is recovering from open heart surgery and Eve is between jobs and traveling up the Oregon Coast. What becomes a strange and wonderful relationship starts off rocky to say the least. Felix is at first not very trusting of this young, carefree woman who seems to grate against his cantankerous spirit. The summer is spent just trying to adjust to having someone else around the home where Felix and his now deceased wife lived for fifty years. During the evening they play cards on the screened in porch and he starts to open up about his past when he worked for the notorious Al Capone during "the day" when Chicago was going through probation. "The Arrangement" is from Eugene Oregon where the now retired Eve, the baby boomer who receives a letter each year with a skeleton key which opens a door on Catalina Island where she goes each summer. She leaves her property with a trusted friend Vinnie who lives in her back yard in a yurt. Vinnie is in love with her but remains silent. He's a Vietnam vet who experiences flashbacks and who tries to cope with a past that has its own ghosts.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the tiny town of Fredonia north of Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Eve is a retired baby boomer living in Eugene, Oregon who gets a letter with a skeleton key in it and travels to Catalina Island. She spends the summer in a ocean view bungalow of a former lover and gets to reminisce about the past and the decisions she made decades ago during the tumultuous seventies. Catalina Island, a popular spot for the Hollywood elite, is where Natalie Wood lost her life.
Felix and Eve are two people from very different generations that live together for the summer. The elderly Felix hires Eve to be a live-in caregiver while he recovers from heart bi-pass surgery.
Eve is a self reliant vagabond with counterculture values who lives in the moment while Felix is an unyielding man who is set in his ways. He tells her about when he worked for the notorious Al Capone.
“From the Waters of Coyote Springs” takes place in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon, where Eve is a forester doing timber inventory. The small crew camps out in the remote forest; with no electricity, telephones or any of the luxuries most of us take for granted. The story takes place in the early 1980’s at the height of the counterculture insurgence which changed the face of America.