Hi, I am a Finnish American author, translator, and a former US Army Ranger. Besides writing historical novels, I have translated graphic novels and worked on entertainment projects in TV and film productions. I am still active in the Ranger community.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do, and I still have it. It is a short story about a small boy who lives in a small country town. He sees a newborn colt at the neighbor's house and asks his father for 50 cents to buy it. The neighbor exchange glances with his father and pretends to agree, but on one condition, the boy has to go and bridle the colt. When the boy goes to get the colt, the mare neighs at him and the boy runs away.
When did you first start writing?
My favorite subject in school was writing essays, and I have written short stories and notes all my life. I began to write in earnest in 2010 and published my first book in 2012.
In this historical drama, a motley group of underdogs living on a prayer finds themselves trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled colonials with dark secrets, only to discover that the only way out is to team up with the notorious Rogers Rangers in a deadly chase for elusive freedom during the French & Indian War.
The Rule of Ranging is cinematic in its scope and comprehensive in its scholarship, and alternately funny, bawdy, heartbreaking, instructive, and thrilling. It provides the reader a sweeping history of a world war that covers the themes of love, freedom, greed, innocence, man’s savagery, loyalty, friendship, adventure, and so much more.
Winning a bloody war can be excruciating, but earning the peace turns out to be even tougher. The whole world as Finn and his friends know it is set on fire once again and peace must be earned the hard way. If he comes through alive, he may be stronger, but he has to choose between old love and new love. In the electrifying finale, many of the twists and turns at the end, and triumphant moments!
In this action-packed historical drama, a motley group of underdogs living on a prayer finds themselves trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled colonials with dark secrets, only to discover that the only way out is to team up with the notorious Rogers Rangers in a deadly chase for elusive freedom during the French & Indian War.
Even those waging the fiercest battles just hew to hard fast rules that separate the soldier from the savage. The epic action-adventure drama follows the fearless Finn on a journey paved with bloodthirsty aggressors, mysterious women, and the rough terrain of a fledgling America. Both grave and uplifting, it’s an absorbing flight of fancy and derring-do.