Eric Chandler has written for Flying Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Northern Wilds, Minnesota Flyer, and Lake Country Journal, to name a few. Literary journals like The Talking Stick and Sleetmagazine.com have published his fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. He’s a member of Lake Superior Writers, an Active Member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an Associate Member of the Military Writers Guild.
He’s also an Air Force veteran with twenty years of experience flying the F-16. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He enjoys cross country ski racing and marathon running. He lives with his wife and two children in Duluth, Minnesota.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of stories. I started freelance writing about my family adventures in the outdoors. I was lucky to get published with Silent Sports Magazine and Northern Wilds Magazine. Joel Patenaude at Silent Sports and Shawn Perich at Northern Wilds have been big supporters of my work. There are about ten years of magazine articles. Forty chapters worth. I wanted to preserve my family adventures for later when I can't remember anything. I've been lucky enough to publish these memories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I do something I enjoy, I don't notice the passage of time. When I cross-country ski. When I listen to my kids play piano. When I run on trails. When I write. It's the way time is frozen for me when shaping words. When I'm drafting a story, or even editing one, I like taking a moment of my life and preserving it. Putting it in amber. I want to be immortal, blah, blah, blah. But, no, seriously. Trying to be immortal. Stopping the passage of time. Both while I'm doing it and with the content of the story.
Outside Duluth will take you on an armchair tour of one of the best regions for outdoor fun in the US. Join Eric Chandler as he takes you cross country skiing, biking, paddling, and running with his family near the head of Lake Superior. Chandler's stories are part essay, part guidebook and all fun. Find out why Outside Magazine named Duluth runner-up for the best adventure hub in the whole world!