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Kat Martin | How My Travels in Alaska Wound Up in a Book


Against the Wild
Kat Martin

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The Brodies of Alaska #1

June 2014
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Featuring: Lane Bishop; Dylan Brodie
400 pages
ISBN: 1420133829
EAN: 9781420133820
Kindle: B00GYLVSJQ
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Years ago, after my husband and I drove to Alaska, I wrote the Romantic Suspense, MIDNIGHT SUN. A second journey generated the ideas for my three new Against novels, the Brodie Brothers of Alaska, beginning with AGAINST THE WILD.

I love road trips, just heading out with no particular destination in mind, rolling along, encountering whatever life has to offer. It’s a panorama of new vistas, different smells, different tastes, different lifestyles. It’s dealing with flat tires and engine trouble, but also meeting people from every walk of life.

In the tiny town of Tok, we met a group of Vietnam vets on a Holland America bus tour. At dusk each day, they held a flag-lowering ceremony, and because my husband had mentioned that the body of a friend, a serviceman killed in Vietnam, had just been recovered, he was asked to do the honors that night of lowering the American flag.

It was a special evening, the kind of experience that can make a road trip unforgettable.

Being that both of us love history, we wound up in Dawson City, the Yukon, way off the grid, the original destination for Klondike gold miners at the end of the nineteen century. A lot of the old buildings are still there, still being used, and the streets are still "paved" in dirt!

It’s a town right out of the wild and wooly West, a place that attracted authors like Robert Service and Jack London. Merely by chance, we met some of the locals and were asked to attend a special event held for authors at the Jack London cabin. We met readers from all over the country, as well as other authors.

People often ask me where I get the ideas for stories and I can tell you that a five-thousand mile driving trip on a two-lane road is stuffed with fodder for novels. People and places you couldn't imagine come to life, filling your head with ideas for future books.

Was it romantic? It was far more grueling than romantic, but it was a fascinating adventure. And the people traveling with us, two other couples each with their own campers, made the trip a lot more fun.

So even if you aren't a writer, if you open yourself up to new adventures, new places, new people, you’ll be amazed at what you will see.

I hope you enjoy AGAINST THE WILD, Dylan Brodie and Lane Bishop's story, and that you'll watch for Nick in AGAINST THE SKY, and Rafe in AGAINST THE TIDE. Till then, all best wishes and happy reading! ~Kat

 

 

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6 comments posted.

Re: Kat Martin | How My Travels in Alaska Wound Up in a Book

Hi Kat! Love you books!
(MaryAnne Banks 7:07pm May 26, 2014)

I found your posting to be very moving, and it's always a
plus to find out some extra background about an Authors'
books!! I can't wait to read your latest book, as well as
the others in the series!! It sounds like you had quite a
road trip, and I've always heard about how wonderful Alaska
is from other people who have been there. All I need to do
is get my Husband out of his chair so we can go through the
same wonderful experience!! Thank you for sharing such a
personal story about your Husband, too!! Thank him for his
service, even though it's a day late with Memorial Day.
(Peggy Roberson 7:21am May 27, 2014)

I think a road trip to Alaska would be the best. Give me a road trip over a
plane ride any day. Your book sounds great and I appreciate the
opportunity to be a winner.
(Melanie Backus 9:04am May 27, 2014)

Hi, Peggy and Melanie! I was on yesterday, sorry I missed
you. It really was a wonderful trip, but HARD! One day the
wind was blowing so hard we couldn't get the doors open on
the pickup! And we were supposed to be having a barbeque!
Ended up in another camper with room for all 6 of us. Hope
you enjoy Against the Wild. warmest, kat
(Kat Martin 12:48pm May 27, 2014)

I must add you to my TBR list.
My husband rented a car in Alaska and we drove to Seward and
ended with a train ride to Fairbanks in the winter.
The lowering the American flag must have been very emotional
but what a memory to have.
(Leona Olson 9:50am May 31, 2014)

I enjoyed reading your post. I actually just ordered Against the wild last nigh. I'm so excited to read it.
(Robin Tindle 12:56pm June 3, 2014)

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