A completed novel, Ancestral, awaits publication. My third novel, it's speculative
fiction in many ways. But there's a hint of magical realism at its core, an awareness
that our world is undergoing great change very quickly, making this story
disturbingly realistic on a planet known for its mysterious undertow of genetic
possibilities. The story revolves around giants, in this case, birds, and takes us
toward a future that includes a great deal of our past. It also takes us to Scotland,
one of my favorite places in which to unfold an ancient myth.
The most interesting aspect of this work is that it began as a simple idea. What
would man do if one creature returned from his collective memories of sky
monsters? Not dragons, not flying saucers. Something far more likely to have taken
place in our prehistoric past, that lingers genetically--in raptors. Ancestral takes a
look at man's long-felt fascination with the sky and at his own escape from earthly
bonds. It conceives of a world left long ago by predator birds, still alive in the darker
realms of human consciousness. Ancestral breathes life into one of man's most
primordial obsessions--death from above.
A writer's choice of a long-term project is probably one of the hardest decisions to
make. It's taken me the better part of a summer to finally come to the conclusion
that I need change, a big one, writing wise. Amelia Earhart research has
preoccupied me for many years, much of it because she was the impetus behind
my learning to fly in the early 1970s. But it's deeper than that. Only time, and a
lot of it, could convince me to drop everything else and concentrate on Earhart.
The reason: She simply wouldn't go away.
Shadow From The Sky: Following Traces of Amelia Earhart (working title)
began with two trips to Atchison, Kansas, where she was born. I re-visited much
of the well-known Earhart--the flier, the feminist, the clothes designer, the
publisher's dream girl. But the pilot in me has remained curious about this most
gifted of all women aviators. Much of her life remains interwoven in legend and
controversy. . and I'm okay with that. But there's more to her story, and I know
it. That's what I hope to explore over the next few months of research and
Shadow From The Sky: Following Traces of Amelia Earhart