Atwood Cutting


Atwood Cutting is the pen name used by pioneer memoirist, Kate Peters.

Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii with a major in performing arts (1972), Kate Peters then journeyed to Alaska where she studied art and the Arctic.
In 1975 she joined a culinary crew in construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, eloped with a fellow worker, and began an Emerson-inspired adventure that developed into this epic odyssey.
After leaving Alaska in 1988, the retired pioneer ruminated for more than two decades before deciding to create an alter-ego entity to pen her memoir. As Atwood Cutting, Kate has now produced volumes one and two of the Alaskan trilogy.
As Atwood Cutting, Kate Peters hopes she has created a book that provides readers with enough description to experience the hardships of an arctic winter, without actually having to endure one.
Although for a long time Kate would have said that the jury went out and never came back; today—as aging dreamers—Kate and Tim whole-heartedly agree that reaching for the brass ring and following that dream was absolutely worthwhile. They’re glad they did it when they were young and strong, as it required a lot of physical labor.
Today, Kate shares her stories about their modern pioneering adventures as homesteaders on America’s Last Frontier—juat before there were cellphones.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My youth was ideal, with little lambs and foals running around under apricot trees. I lived on a golden hilltop in California until I was 15, and then my parents moved to Hawaii and I entered the world of beach boys and bikinis. This place felt alien to me, and I retreated into the world of Emerson and the Transcendentalists. Upon graduation from university I headed for the woods of Alaska. The rest is history, and is being published as a trilogy entitled "Sleeping Moose Saga."
Part One, "Where the Moose Slept" is available in print and eBook. Part Two, "The Winter of '79" debuts on Smashwords and in print on June 1, 2018. Part Three will be released at the end of 2018. In the saga's conclusion, "Elephant in the Bush," my husband and I experienced the same existential reckoning as Westward pioneers reported in the 1850s. We "saw the elephant," and headed back to "the more civilized" world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel a warm glow when I reach up into the stratosphere and snag the perfect word. My newest discovery is "numinous." What a great word!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Atwood Cutting online

Where to buy in print


Sleeping Moose Saga Part Two -The Winter of '79 - Journals of a Wilderness Wife
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,880. Language: American English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Motherhood
Part two of sleeping moose saga finds Kate and her infant sitting on their remote mountain for one hundred freezing, blowing days, while Tim commutes to and from work on his antique snow-machine. With luck, he'll make it home each night. But the Alaskan winter has been unrelenting, and he is not well. How will they survive?

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