The story behind writing Camp Wild

The story behind writing Camp Wild

One in a series of stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog. At fifteen Wilf is certain that he is too old for summer camp. When his parents ignore his protests and ship him off anyway, he decides to escape from camp by canoe and...
The story behind writing First Descent

The story behind writing First Descent

One in a series of stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog. Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river, the faster and more powerful the better. When he gets the opportunity to tackle the well-named...
Juggling projects

Juggling projects

Help! I am working at three novels at one time. I hate that. I only like to work on one at a time. (Though I know one author who always likes to work on two at a time. She calls one her “morning novel” and the other her “afternoon novel,” and says she gets more work...
Pros and cons of hot housing our children

Pros and cons of hot housing our children

In our competitive world, parents concerned about their children’s future job prospects are naturally inclined to provide them with as many advantages as possible: private kindergarten places, tutoring, sports coaching and more. Does it work? To some extent, but not...
The story behind Mountainboard Maniacs

The story behind Mountainboard Maniacs

The tenth in a series of stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog.   When best friends Jake and Peter discover mountainboarding, they decide it’s one of the best free-ride sports around. They’re stoked about bombing down...
Why tackling boys’ issues helps girls too

Why tackling boys’ issues helps girls too

  “A rising tide lifts all boats.”— John F. Kennedy        This is the first generation of young men likely to achieve less education than their fathers and to find themselves on a lower rung of the socioeconomic ladder....