In addition to my blogging on longitudes, I’ve “broadcast” myself in three books. I recently completed my first fiction book, a detective novel/murder mystery taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. and the Appalachian Trail. The title is Black Jackknife: A Nick Montaigne Mystery, published by my own Longitudes Press. “It played like a film in my head. Nick Montaigne could become a habit,” says independent filmmaker Dean Wray (Down Here). Click the button below to order, and see if you agree!
In August 2018, I completed a memoir called Evergreen Dreaming: Trail Tales of an Aging Hiker, also published by Longitudes Press. It deals with my mountain backpacking exploits on both the Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail, which were influenced by a childhood friend, “Kip,” who became a folksinger and moved to Montana, before dying at a young age. I talk a lot about environment, culture, and memory…and Kip, of course. This book has garnered great reviews, including a “thumbs up” from Publishers Weekly magazine.
And back in January 2013, I published a nonfiction history book about a 19th-century sailing ship. The title is Bluejackets in the Blubber Room: A Biography of the William Badger, 1828-1865, published by University of Alabama Press. This academic-inclined book concerns an unusual vessel that served as a merchant ship, whaler, and Civil War storage hulk. My “blubber book” also received favorable reviews and has been added to the stacks of several significant historical and maritime museums and libraries.
Here’s a link to an article describing why I wrote the book, the research/writing, and the publication process: http://goo.gl/CTh1Jy
Additionally, I’ve published articles with magazines like Film International, History Magazine, and assorted music publications.
I hope you’ll check out one, two, or all three of my books. If not, that’s OK, I’m glad you’re visiting longitudes, and please return as often as you’d like. Also, feel free to “like,” follow, or comment!