Steelhead named "JACK"
Recently, I've been enjoying the 2023 steelhead fishing season up on the tributaries of Lake Erie. When the water level conditions are right and the fish are biting, we have a blast pulling in some amazing fish. Sometimes, a little guy called a "jack" sneaks in. They are usually a little smaller than the normal steelhead, but still seem to fight hard like the regular sized fish!
When I started writing the story Salmon Survivor, my main character was named Max, after a favorite uncle of mine who loves to fish. When researching Alaskan salmon for the book, I found that they also have a variety of jacks within the five types of Pacific Salmon. These jacks leave for the ocean, and then come back a little early to their home waters to spawn. They will battle with the larger species to get to the nests and be part of the mating process. As they are considered "immature," I thought it was fitting that my thirteen-year-old main character traveling to Alaska should be named "Jack." He actually finds out later in the story about "Jack Salmon" as well and realizes how green he is in Alaska. Hence, Jack became the main character.
PEN CRAFT AWARD
Good news to share with readers as Salmon Survivor wins the Pen Craft Literary Award for First Place in Pre-teen Children's division!
In September, I headed out to Hoonah, Alaska, with a few friends to fish for Silvers (Coho), Pinks (humpies), and Dollies. We avoided Grizzly Bears, followed the 20-foot tides back and forth, and watched as the silvers would roll into the bay and up the tributaries. It never amazes me how the circle of life is so crucial in the salmon life cycle. We saw so many carcasses of salmon and the many different wildlife who are sustained by them. What an amazing trip!
I was then able to bookend the trip by doing some book signings in Juneau, AK at the Rainy Retreat Bookstore and visit the Hearthside Bookstore in Juneau. It was great talking to locals and also chatting with cruisers who would stop off for the day in Juneau to take in the sights. We sold out the novels, and were able to promote Salmon Survivor even more.
I can't thank all the friends, family, and readers enough who left a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or Barnes & Noble after the Book Launch. It's really helping spread the word on the book. If you've finished reading Salmon Survivor, please leave a review as it keeps the book current and relevant in the book world. Thanks for all your help!
FISH ON and READ ON!
Great news to share as Salmon Survivor is now available for pre-ordering on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound! Pre-ordering is so important to give a head start in the publishing world and ultimately get the novel into the hands of more readers.
Thanks to some of you for already making it a #1 Best Seller on Amazon under the New Releases this weekend! Please keep the momentum going to share the news with any kiddos, teachers, parents, librarians, and folks you know who love the outdoors, wildlife, and an adventure story. Consider also buying a copy to donate to your local library, school, or classroom teacher.
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