I’ve been busy the past few days editing an article long distance for the Anchorage Press, a weekly newspaper in AK. The editor contacted me a little while ago (after finding my blog) and asked if my manuscript could be excerpted for the paper. The final product is up now as the cover story (with a fantastic illustration of one of the aircraft I wrote about) in this week’s issue. The paper edition hits the streets shortly. ETA: Here is the direct link to the story (now archived.)

This particular chapter of the book, “The Other Side of the Mountains”, (slightly altered for length and so it could standalone), is about a real historic event when two of AK’s most famous bush pilots were feared lost while enroute to Barrow in 1928. I wrote about similarities between that flight and modern times and how insignificant maps can be when you don’t know where you are. It gives you a good idea of the book’s overall feel – the combination of history, memoir and fiction. In this case everything in the article is true – only one modern name was changed. I really did spend weeks in 2007 reading old newspapers in the UAF library, and I still can not believe how difficult it must have been for the pilots and their families during those long weeks of not knowing in 1928.

6 Thoughts on “The Other Side of the Mountains

  1. Maureen on May 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm said:

    I am impressed! Great article, you forget at times that this happened so long along and start hoping that everyone made it out alive…then you realize that they are really all gone…WOW Your Mom must be so proud of you! 🙂 lol..mom

  2. Awww.. thanks Mom!

  3. I knew it was going to be good, but I really don’t think I had any idea of just how excellent a writer you could be until now. It gave me the shivers, a sign that you made history feel real. That’s something the most well established historians struggle to do when they turn their hand to popular non-fiction. Well done.

    I am now very impatient for someone to publish and start selling it.

  4. Thank you Jodie – I really really appreciate those kind words.

  5. Yes, I love this, making the past live. It reminded me rather of Beryl Markham’s book (West with the Night) with all the fascination of the insight into the cameraderie of pilots, plus the dangers of extreme territory. I do hope you get a publisher – I would love to read more.

  6. Oh, Beryl Markham! Wasn’t she fabulous?! I love that book!

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