Sunday, August 25, 2013

How Do You Make A Living In A Place With Nearly 70% Unemployment?

Rance's father had it all figured out. For years he brewed and sold moonshine from his homemade still in the woods behind their cabin. Business was good. It was so good that the still was retrofitted to a larger size several times to keep up with demand.

Of course, the sale of bootleg alcohol was forbidden on the Rez, but it didn't seem to stop the traffic to get it. A lot of government assistance checks were cashed and used to acquire the tonsil-scorching liquid in a jar, much to the chagrin of many a housewife.

Rance was a hard worker for his dad. In return, his father taught him everything he knew about the woods in between beatings and verbal assaults growing up. His old man was a mean drunk, even with money in his pocket.

One day that all changed and Rance was alone and became his own man. He was recruited for a man hunt into the woods by the government in spite of his own anti-social mannerisms. It would change his life and the days of tending the still for income were left far behind.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

And It Begins: The Backbone of the World

This novel will center around the Blackfoot tribe of Montana (Niitsitapii) in the area known to them as "the backbone of the world" - The Continental Divide. This area is wild and prime grizzly habitat, particularly The Badger Two Medicine that is seldom set foot on by humans except those seeking a vision. The Badger Mountains cover an area of about 130,000 acres of jagged peaks and winding rivers and are sacred to the Blackfoot. The Thunder God resides there.

The main character has lived in the Divide's foothills all of his life, about 15 miles from Browning, the Reservation's biggest town. He's a loner and not inclined to be neighborly. More people know of him than know him personally. He's been in the tribal jail a few times for ending fights someone else usually started. He has backwoods skills that few other Blackfoot members possess. He is feared by the people, yet fiercely loyal to his tribe and system of beliefs.

The most unlikely of events is going to alter his reputation forever. The Thunder God may not be pleased.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Thank God For Editors

I just turned in my first revision on my new book, HOLLOW POINT, to my editor yesterday afternoon. It is amazing how many repetitive words and phrases I put in that story! I've found that trying to use appropriate synonyms is more of a challenge than I imagined. This could end up being work!

We'll see what my editor thinks. I'm relatively sure this ain't the end of it, but it should be a better story once the edges are filed smooth. Too bad I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed!

Hollow Point will be another e-book and is due to be released on January 6th, 2014 through Champagne Books.