My new novel, Salt Bear, has just been published on Amazon’s Kindle ebook site. This is an experiment since I really have no idea how to market my own work. I also need to clean up the html a little, but am working at it. I was disappointed in the quality of the salt bear cover that Ethel designed and could use some help to figure out why the drawing is not crystal clear.
Salt Bear tells story of a young salt bear (a mythical creature of the American West) who goes on an epic journey of self discovery with his best friends, Buddy, a jackalope (another mythical creature), and Old Rombo, a cactus buck.
Salt Bear’s themes, like those of fantasies such as the Harry Potter series, Richard Adams’ Watership Down, Brian Jacque’s Redwall series, and Lemony Snicket’s unfortunate events, are powerful. Self discovery, the power of healing, the miracle of tolerance, the meaning of courage and fear, and love’s grace are interwoven into scenes of journeying, battle, death, justice, and nature’s cycles. The adventure plays out in the wilderness of pinion, juniper, ponderosa pine, and aspen forests that range from the National Colorado Monument in western Colorado to the Gooseneck formations in Utah.
Salt Bear is a fantasy novel belonging to the tradition of children and juvenile novels created by works like Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in The Willows, recent novels by David Clement-Davies (Fire Bringer and The Sight), or the Rescuer series by Margery Sharp.
What I have tried to do in the novel is to take mythological creatures from Western lore and then turn them into a uniquely Western mythos. Hopefully the novel works and those who read it enjoy it.