The Last Coon Hunter:
Book I of the Ryland Creek Saga
The Last Coon Hunter begins the Ryland Creek saga, introducing Widower Jacob Ernst and his two sons, Nathan and Mead. It depicts the lifestyle in rural Upstate New York, the passion of raising and chasing behind coonhounds in the night time forests, and the bonds between family and their hounds.
Just as important: the reader learns about Painted Post (my real hometown) and some of the wonderful legends and history behind this storied place.
Things I've Learned as a Writer
Many curious (even say, magical) things happen as an author. The three biggest surprises for me about the Ryland Creek series that I hear from readers are:
Yes, in this part of New York, we have millions of acres of forests, rivers, fields, farms, and waterfalls. A rural lifestyle is very much enjoyed by the folks who live outside the five boroughs in NYC.
There's a great deal of pride in the life we live here.