Oct 102015
 

Today’s the final day of Alaska Book Week, and we’ve got our last two author interviews. Heaps of thanks to my fellow AK authors for playing along—and for writing books that entertain and educate. Thanks, too, to you for reading. Remember, holidays are hurtling toward us. Books make great gifts.

Annie Boochever

Meet Annie Boochever

Name: Annie Boochever

Location: Juneau

Home on the Web: www.annieboochever.com/

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? I’d make a giant Sockeye Salmon float with Zoey and Eliot geared up for a day of fishing in Bristol Bay riding on top.

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? Akutaq (“a-goo-duk”) otherwise known as Eskimo Ice Cream aka Zoe. What could be better than a little seal oil, cooked fish, berries, and sugar? mmmmmmYum!

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? The continuing adventures of Zoey, Eliot, and Thomas only this time they find themselves in Glacier Bay National Monument near Gustavus in Southeast Alaska. Paddling in kayaks, pursued by poachers, the three madly push on, unaware that they have positioned themselves smack in front of the magnificent Marjorie Glacier. A sharp explosion leads to ….

A celebrity falls in love with your book and sings its praises on a tv show, thus making you rich, famous, beautiful, smart, physically fit, etc. Who is this celebrity and what is the show? Robert Redford envisions a movie adaptation of Bristol Bay Summer as a way to bring the story of Zoey, Eliot, and Thomas, and the world’s largest sockeye fishery into the homes of millions of people while raising awareness of the threat of the proposed Pebble Mine. A mine that if developed could mean the end of a way of life that has supported Bristol Bay fishermen for centuries.

What Alaska wildflower represents your work in progress? Forget-me-not for obvious reasons.

Books:

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Bristol Bay Summer, by Annie Boochever

Bristol Bay Summer
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Oct 092015
 

Today’s the last day. Have you submitted your entry for the Alaska Book Week puzzle contest? Tic tic tic tic . . . .

All right, you have time to meet today’s Alaska kidlit author, but then it’s puzzle time, all right?

Ann Dixon

Meet Ann Dixon

Name: Ann Dixon

Location: Homer

Home on the Web:
http://anndixon.net/
www.kidlitnorth.blogspot.com

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? I mostly avoid parades, so I’m not the best person to think about making a float. But if I were to make one based on one of my books, I’d do either The Sleeping Lady, which would be pretty boring because I would be sleeping with the occasional roll onto my back or side so as to give both perspectives of the mountain, or I’d make a float based on Big-Enough Anna, in which case musher Pam Flowers could be the star with some fake snow, a few sled dogs, and a sled. New Yorkers would almost certainly like that better.

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? I seriously doubt I will ever write a story with a dessert as the main character. It would make me too hungry to spend that much time thinking about dessert.

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? I’d like to write about a little girl growing up in Kennecott during the mining era. Oh, wait—I’ve already done that! It just hasn’t been published.

A celebrity falls in love with your book and sings its praises on a tv show, thus making you rich, famous, beautiful, smart, physically fit, etc. Who is this celebrity and what is the show? My first choice for a TV celebrity would be Fred Rogers, but unfortunately that isn’t possible since he has passed on. I’ll go with Benedict Cumberbatch on the show Sherlock. I’m not sure how he would work one of my books into the show but I’m totally confident he can do it.

What Alaska wildflower represents your work in progress? The Alaska wildflower that best represents my work in progress is the chocolate lily. It’s hard to find and kind of stinky. And that’s all I’m saying about that!

Ha! I can’t wait to read your WIP!

Books—and an app:

App:
Winter Is (Available from Auryn/Auracle)

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The Sleeping Lady, by Ann Dixon

The Sleeping Lady
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Alone Across the Arctic, by Ann Dixon

Alone Across the Arctic
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When Posey Peeked at Christmas, by Ann Dixon

When Posey Peeked at Christmas
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Trick-or-Treat, by Ann Dixon

Trick-or-Treat!
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Big-Enough Anna, by Ann Dixon

Big-Enough Anna
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Blueberry Shoe, by Ann Dixon

Blueberry Shoe
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Oct 082015
 

Um . . . yeah . . . still pushing the Alaska Book Week puzzle contest. Okay, so you’re a grownup, and you have no use for puzzle books. Well, the holidays are coming. Is there someone on the list who might like the prize books? Hmmmm?

It’s a nice ride we’ve got going, eh? You know what’s coming: I’m going to corner another AK kidlit author and ask five silly brilliant, insightful, and deeply revealing questions. You’re eager to meet this kidlit author, aren’t you?

Well, too bad, so sad. Guess again.

Because it’s Thursday—or because I feel like it—I’m throwing you a curve. He’s an Alaska author, all right, but forget the kidlit: He writes bestselling “testosterone-fueled” thrillers with “action off-the-charts.”

I bought one of his books for my mom. Really. C’mon, I’ll introduce you.

Marc Cameron

Meet Marc Cameron

Name: Marc Cameron

Location: Eagle River

Home on the Web:
www.marccameronbooks.com
www.facebook.com/MarcCameronAuthor

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? I’d likely go with one of those humongous balloons rather than a float—a brooding Jericho Quinn in black helmet and leather jacket looming above the crowd on his BMW GS Adventure motorcycle.

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? Jericho is more of a savory food sort of guy—but if he had to be a dessert it would be something that was on fire.

Like Baked Alaska! That seems doubly appropriate.

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? Though my books are mostly for grownups, I spend a good deal of time every year talking about literacy to schools in Alaska Native communities. I’ve included some scenes in previous books, but my work in progress sets Jericho in the middle of the Alaska bush and draws heavily on my experiences there. It’s a lot of fun.

A celebrity falls in love with your book and sings its praises on a tv show, thus making you rich, famous, beautiful, smart, physically fit, etc. Who is this celebrity and what is the show? My wife and I are big Castle fans. I retired from a career in law enforcement before writing Thrillers full-time so it would be a real kick if I got to sit in on one of those poker games that Castle attends periodically with the other writers like Paterson and Connelly….

I’ll see what I can do. I’m pretty sure one of the Castle producers reads this blog.

What Alaska wildflower represents your work in progress? Jericho is a gun, knife, and motorcycle guy . . . so wildflowers don’t really come to mind with I think about him. If I had to pick one it would have to be some tundra wildflower that comes on like gangbusters and makes the most out of Alaska’s short growing season. I aim to keep my readers slightly out of breath trying to keep up with him.

I get out of breath inhaling the spicy scent of Labrador tea. I can’t get enough of it. And I get out of breath tromping through miles of it on soft spongy tundra. What do you think, can I sell you on Labrador tea as Jericho’s representative wildflower? It grows, blooms, and smells like gangbusters.

Books:

I write an Adventure/Thriller series about an Air Force OSI agent named Jericho Quinn. The sixth in the series, Brute Force, will be released this December from Kensington.

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National Security, by Marc Cameron

National Security
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Act of Terror, by Marc Cameron

Act of Terror
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State of Emergency, by Marc Cameron

State of Emergency
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Time of Attack, by Marc Cameron

Time of Attack
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Brute Force, by Marc Cameron

Brute Force
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Oct 082015
 

Tic tic tic tic . . . have you submitted your entry for the Alaska Book Week puzzle contest? Tic tic tic tic . . . .

Hey, ya’ll. Today, I want you to e-meet another AK author.

AdriAnne Strickland

Meet AdriAnne Strickland

Name: AdriAnne Strickland

Location: Splitting my time between Palmer and Homer!

Home on the Web: http://www.adriannestrickland.com/

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? A spaceship, of course—more specifically the crew’s beloved Kaitan from Shadow Run!

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? Qole, the female main character for the upcoming Shadow Run, is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting—warm and passionate on the inside but with an icy-looking exterior. Nev, the male main character (the book is dual point of view), is bananas foster—fiery, and he packs a punch.

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? I sort of did write the upcoming book with Michael Miller, Shadow Run, about commercial fishing (I’m a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay), but with the twist that it’s “fishing” in space with starships in place of drift boats/seiners and a volatile energy source, Shadow, instead of fish.

Books:

Here’s the Publishers Weekly announcement about AdriAnne’s next novel, coming out in fall 2016:

Kate Sullivan at Delacorte won at auction two books in a new YA series by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller, pitched in the vein of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with elements of Marie Lu’s Legend. The first, Shadow Run, follows the orphaned Qole, a young but savvy captain of a ragtag crew on a “fishing” starship, who have just become the focus of a corporate arms race; and Nev, the prince whose mission to exploit them turns into one to save them. The first book is planned for fall 2016; Kirsten Carleton at Waxman Leavell brokered the deal for North American rights.

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The Way of the Wombat, by A. M. Strickland

The Way of the Wombat
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Oct 072015
 

Oh, yes, there’s still time to enter the Alaska Book Week puzzle contest!

What do you say we pose those five quick questions to another Alaska author?

Cindy Lou Aillaud

Meet Cindy Lou Aillaud

Name: Cindy Lou Aillaud

Location: Delta Junction

Home on the Web: www.recessat20below.com/author

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? I would have the float be a whole playground covered in snow and be 20 degrees below zero. I would have kids bundled up and playing on the playground! I would probably be with the kids on the sledding hill!

That’s the kind of thing that gets you a Teacher-of-the-Year award!

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? A snow-cone of course!

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? Denali National Park

A celebrity falls in love with your book and sings its praises on a tv show, thus making you rich, famous, beautiful, smart, physically fit, etc. Who is this celebrity and what is the show? Ooolala! So lucky!!! I think it would be Oprah, and it would be on her network.

What Alaska wildflower represents your work in progress? A Pasque flower represents my work in progress. It struggles to push through the snow to be the first flower of the season. Aaahhh, success! I can relate to this because I struggle to finalize a story in my mind before putting it to paper. Then I continue to struggle through rewriting. Until finally, yea, I get it right! Then I bloom!

Books:

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Recess at 20 Below, by Cindy Lou Aillaud

Recess at 20 Below
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Oct 072015
 

Let’s see . . . I have entries for Geri, Sam, Arrow3, Barbara, Tyler . . . . Do I have your entry for the Alaska Book Week puzzle contest?

Today, we’re going to have a flash chat with Debbie S. Miller. When I was just beginning my writing career I studied Debbie’s natural history picture books. I just happened to meet Debbie’s husband in Kantishna, on the west end of Denali National Park. Dennis, Debbie’s husband, is a pilot, and he was flying for the park service. Mike and I were caretaking at the Kantishna Roadhouse and keeping the air strip packed—just for fun; it wasn’t part of our job. Well, I probably gushed a little when I discovered Debbie was Dennis’s wife, and the next time Dennis flew in to Kantishna, he brought me one of Debbie’s books. It lives on my special shelf with other cherished books.

Debbie Miller

Meet Debbie Miller

Name: Debbie S. Miller

Location: You’ll find me exploring Alaska’s wild places like the Arctic Refuge or Prince William Sound. Alaska has been the inspiration for all my nature books for the past 25 years.

Home on the Web:
www.debbiemilleralaska.com
www.facebook.com/debbiemilleralaska

You’re making a float based on one of your books for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do you do? I would create a float of Togo and the sled dog team from The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail. This book describes the incredible true story of how 20 sled dog teams worked to save the town of Nome from a possible diphtheria epidemic. Dog mushing is also Alaska’s state sport. 🙂 Maybe some real sled dogs could actually pull a floating sled….

Of course they could! I want this float made.

The main character for your next book is a dessert. Yes, the yummy after-dinner thing. What dessert is it? Blueberry crumb cake with lots of blueberries and lots of crumbs.

What’s an Alaska person or place or situation or theme you’d like to write and/or illustrate a book about? So many subjects to write about in Alaska! Never run out of ideas…. Prince William Sound has become a new favorite place to explore and I look forward to writing about the wonders of that magnificent area.

A celebrity falls in love with your book and sings its praises on a tv show, thus making you rich, famous, beautiful, smart, physically fit, etc. Who is this celebrity and what is the show? Fresh Air with Terry Gross—radio program. Always enjoy listening to her interesting guests and hearing about new books.

What Alaska wildflower represents your work in progress? The sweet-smelling bog orchids that grow in the peat meadows of the Chugach National Forest, near Prince William Sound. Soooooooo sweet!

Books:

I’ve collaborated with wildlife artist Jon Van Zyle on a dozen nonfiction books for children. He is an amazing painter. Our most recent book is A King Salmon Journey (UAF Press, 2014). This book describes the journey of a king salmon up the Yukon River—the longest documented salmon migration in the world—more than 2,000 miles upstream to the spawning grounds!

I’m currently working on an adult book about the extraordinary wilderness surrounding Prince William Sound, and I have a lullaby book for very young children in the works.

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A King Salmon Journey, by Debbie Miller and John Eiler

A King Salmon Journey
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Grizzly Bears of Alaska, by Debbie Miller

Grizzly Bears of Alaska
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Survival at 120 Above, by Debbie Miller

Survival at 120 Above
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Survival at 40 Below, by Debbie Miller

Survival at 40 Below
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The Great Serum Race, by Debbie Miller

The Great Serum Race
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Flight of the Golden Plover, by Debbie Miller

Flight of the Golden Plover
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Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights, by Debbie Miller

Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights
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Are Trees Alive, by Debbie Miller

Are Trees Alive?
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