I wrote a novel for young adults, 9-14 and up, a long time ago. It was completely sold out, so Four Windows Press is re-releasing it. I am hoping some of the followers of this blog might consider purchasing it in amazon or at their favorite local bookstore.
Salt Bear is a story taken from the mythology of the American west. It is filled with mythological animals such as salt bear, jackalopes, cactus bucks, blind ravens, a snow owl, bears, and an evil mountain lion. At a recent WFOP meeting I was informed by a young attendee that it was one of his very favorite books ever. I’ve had quite a few young people tell me that since its first release.
The wild tale begins:
Salt Bear did not like the idea. Not one little bit.
Buddy, a jackalope, one of Salt Bear’s best friends, had started calling him George.
“Salt Bear’s a kind of bear,” Buddy had explained when he first started using George. “It’s not a name.”
“But why George?” Salt Bear had asked. “That doesn’t fit a salt bear. Why not Salty?” He brightened up. “That could be a good name for a salt bear.”
Buddy had scratched behind his right pronghorn just above his big, floppy ear. He looked like a jackrabbit. His brownish-pink nose was set off by a handsome set of whiskers, and he had powerful hind legs. Two slender black horns stuck out of his head above his ears.
“Salty’s a name for a bird,” he had said scornfully. “Besides, I would have liked to have been called George. Not Buddy.”
Salt Bear had shaken his gleaming white fur, and then blinked tan eyes in bewilderment. For a bear he was small, although he was full grown. He stood a little over three feet high. . .
I’m pretty sure you might remember the excitement you had reading The Wind in the Willows, Watership Down, or the Redwall books. I certainly had an enormous amount of fun writing the tale down.
A drawing by Ethel Mortenson Davis for the cover of Thomas Davis’s novel for young adults, Salt Bear, which is published by Four Windows Press at our home in Continental Divide, New Mexico
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.