Don Wallace


I've written a memoir, The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village that Restored Them All (Sourcebooks, 2014); two novels, Hot Water (Soho, 1991) and A Tide in Time: The Log of Matthew Roving (Smashwords August 15, 2014, formerly serialized in Naval History magazine); and a non-fiction book, One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game (Atria, 2003).

Also numerous essays and articles, in publications including the New York Times (Op-Eds, travel, sports), Harper's, Fast Company, Yachting, Islands, Kirkus Reviews, SELF, Redbook and many more.

My documentary, Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae, closed two film festivals in October, 2010. On Oct 20, it was the gala benefit finale of the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz. After a sold-out special preview showing in Honolulu at the Hawaii International Film Festival was greeted with a standing ovation, it was selected for Sunset on the Beach and the HIFF's closing ceremonies Oct 24. The screening was well-attended and, of course, unspeakably beautiful given the location. I was the writer on the project.

Personal: Mother’s family from Memphis and Mississippi, father’s family from the Dakotas and Minnesota; both sides met, emigrants to the Golden State, on the sands of Long Beach. Educated in public schools, raised Christian Scientist (lapsed at eleven). Grew up right, at times far-right, Goldwater Republican, NRA member, with firearms training from the John Birch Society. Veered left, sometimes far-left after witnessing Watts Riots as Boy Scout at fifteen. (See "While Watts Burned" in the Harper's magazine archive.) Kicked out of Boy Scouts that fall for borrowing munitions from the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton during a Camp-O-Ree. Hiked the entire John Muir Trail. After a cross was burned on a black neighbor’s lawn, converted to the Civil Rights Movement. Attended high school at Long Beach Poly, located in what some call the inner city, others The Ghetto. Ran track, played football, did the newspaper; survived two race riots, 11 police “detentions” (no arrests), having clothes stolen in gym a few times; first student member, Long Beach Poly Interracial Council. Still grateful for so many friends from all over LBC. Married to Mindy Pennybacker (Do One Green Thing, St. Martin's). Father of Rory. Having lived in New York City for 26 years, now splitting time between Honolulu and Long Beach and--of course--Belle Ile en Mer, France.

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The French House on Belle Ile
The author and his wife bought a house on a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in 1985, thinking this would solve their problems of being broke and unpublished. Wrong twice! And yet, over the past 35 years of coming back to Belle Ile, their lives were indeed transformed. This video was created to accompany the publication of Don's memoir, The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village that Restored Them All (Sourcebooks).


A Tide in Time: The Log of Matthew Roving, book one
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 148,740. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Matthew and Abby Roving, siblings plunged into double lives as modern teens and accidental secret agents at the heart of the American Revolution, travel in time thanks to an antique ship's logbook that functions as a portal. Soon the pair are solo-sailing a Death Ship, escaping from murderous mutineers, and managing the affairs of future national heroes like Ben Franklin and John Paul Jones.

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