After he saves the Village Chieftain’s children from a wolf attack, Streble earns the respect of his entire village, proving he is worthy to make the voyage. What he experiences on the expedition including the supernatural encounter he will face alone forces a boy into manhood.
The Saga of Waillyrn Sound inspired by the Vinland Sagas, is a mythic adventure told in a time before magic was replaced by technology. A young man comes of age learning a basic truth reminding us all to be careful what we wish for. Sometimes we get what we ask for.
How did you start your writing career?
When I was in the sixth grade, a friend and I started writing action scenes about a squad of U. S. Marines in the Pacific during WW II. First one then the other would write a scene, the other would pick up the action carrying the story forward. I don’t think we ever finished the story but it was enough to keep the girls we sat next to interested in what we were doing.
Later in life I spent a year and a half stationed in
Tell us about your current release.
The idea for The Saga of Waillyrn Sound came after reading the Vinland Sagas published by Penquin Classics. Did the Vikings who discovered
Waillyrn Sound mixes these questions with Edgar Allan Poe’s Descent Into the Maelstrom when Streble Helmkin, a Viking lad of sixteen takes his first voyage to distant shores. What Streble experiences on that voyage, including the supernatural encounter he will face alone will test his courage and turn a boy into a man.
Tell us about your next release.
I’m currently working on a novel-length manuscript tentatively titled, Cast A Wicked Spell. Johnny Ace wrote the song, Pledging My Love wherein he states his love will last always and forever.
Valeric Ashton pledges his love to Sharla Dubain, two lovers in
Who is your favorite author?
There are several that include Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Ernest Heminway, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz. Today I read everything I can get my hands on by Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
You know you’ve got something really good going when one of the characters in your story takes over the writing and begins to write their own story.
What do you think makes a good story?
Quick-paced action mingled with surprise plot twists. Character conflict supported by contrast, hardships they face, and obstacles overcome.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Originally perceived, The Saga Of Waillyrn Sound would become a three-part novel. The first part written and published on Amazon’s Kindle is Streble Helmkin’s first voyage into the sound filled with potential catastrophic destruction. The Saga of the
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
I’ve learned from a very good professional writer and an excellent instructor that if you want to be a writer you must; read a lot, write a lot, and hang out with other writers. If there’s a writer’s group in your area, join it. If not, check out the groups online – there are several – and don’t be afraid to contribute. Seek out and participate in critique groups. Don’t take their criticism of your writing personally or take offense at what they say or the ideas they have to offer. It’s been my experience to note that serious writers are a friendly sort of people who are willing to help you with your work. Most importantly, write something every day. This can only improve your skills moving you forward in your work and your desire to write.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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I've been asked several times over the years, "Were you born in a barn?" The answer quite simply is no, I was not born in a barn, but most assuredly, I grew up in one. I was born on a
dairy farm in the last year Harry Truman was president. This made me the perfect age to be heavily influenced by Beatlemania. Utah
The four lads from
Liverpool had a dramatic effect on my life. After graduating from high school, I won the lottery spending the next year and a half living near at the behest of the U. S. Army. The letters I wrote home started turning into novellas. The first of these, October Night's Feast was published by Vantage Press in 1982. Nuremburg, Germany
Today I live, work and still write novellas in Northwest Montana's
. Flathead Valley