Joe Wallace returns to this remote Oregon valley from self-imposed exile to bury the father who abandoned him a decade ago. Sad, alone and drinking, Joe has nearly given up on life and love.
Things change when Joe meets Ana, whose Nez Perce ancestors once called this valley home. Joe joins Ana’s cause to restore a lost sockeye salmon run to the lake where he grew up. As their relationship deepens, their peril grows. Somebody wants them gone – or dead.
The escalating threats rekindle a fire Joe thought was dead or buried in him. When his brother tries to develop the family’s land, Joe must make a stand. In the end, Joe discovers a life worth living, with a woman he was meant to love, in the place he was meant to live. And he realizes the redemption possible in a deep connection to the land.
Sockeye is a suspenseful love story about finding home.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-99
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love the setting of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. This beautiful area is really off the radar, even for a lot of Oregonians. I have always been inspired by the natural beauty of this area. In addition, I love salmon – both to fish for them and to understand the story of their life cycle. When I realized that I could combine two of my passions – the Wallowas and salmon – in a book, I knew I had to write it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are composites of people I've known, both people from the area and people I've known all my life.
Outside Elgin, they climbed the grassy rise of Minam Hill, the landscape soft and sculpted. The river bed fell away behind them, meandering north until it struck the Blues again and pushed west, scrambling up against the hills. The treed foothills of the Wallowas rose on the right. He found himself holding his breath as the Blazer climbed the grade, the bottomless blue of the evening sky big in their windshield.
They crested the top. Behind them lay the grassy hips of the south-leaning hill. Ahead, the road traversed steeply into the great dark glacier-carved gorge of the Minam River. The exposed rock was brick red, the steep hills gold, and the big trees in the draws almost black down into the timbered bottoms.
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