Author: Philip R. Morehouse
Page count: 207
Genre: Fiction; Survival/Adventure
Book Price: $14.99 (Limited time, special offer: $9.01)
Kindle Price: $4.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited membership
The author was born in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, where he grew up working on the family's farm. His grandfather taught him how to fish, set a trap, and stalk big game. Learning these skills was crucial to the family's survival.
After high school, he enlisted in the Navy, where he participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade. He later rescued Americans from Haiti during the Dominion/Haiti Crisis and served an extended hitch during the Vietnam War. Returning home, he married and joined the Army National Guard, serving in aerial and ground support photography.
Among the many diverse jobs, he worked as a professional writer and photographer for over 60 years. With his children grown and on their own, he pursues what he loves most - writing true-to-life, survival, adventure-type stories from which he draws on his past experiences, training, and extensive research.
Tell us about your book:
"LOST" is a story about a father who wanted to get away from it all for a week or two – to recharge. His children were going off the tracks, out of control. So he decides to take an Alaskan vacation off the grid, away from the influences of their poisonous society, to rebuild his fractured family. However, just as everything seemed to be going according to plan, suddenly, everything went sideways with deadly results.
How does this book relate to your real-life experiences?
At several points in this story, my training and experiences were called upon to show how to overcome danger and survive.
How long did it take to write the book?
It took six months from concept to rough draft, initial edits, final edit, and proofing to finally see this novel published on 03/06/2023.
What inspired you to write the book?
This story was inspired by the juvenile media that surrounds us and attempts to control our children's lives with disastrous results, as noted in the streets, homes, schools, and universities and reported in the news. If parents don't start spending time with their children, they will find a substitute for occupying their time, which often leads to destroyed lives and worse.
Let's talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I write during the night and early morning hours. The process for writing this book and others involves research, hard work, and diligence.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I would hope that the reader understands that this story is more than some fable but a life lesson...
Where can we go to buy your book?
This book is readily available online through Amazon.com as a softcover, a Kindle download, or at Barnes & Noble. If any of your reputable bookstores are out of stock, be sure to give them the following number: ISBN- 9798376434642 to expedite ordering the correct book.
Excerpt from this novel:
"After he met with the principal and they had talked, he knew that for the good of his family and himself, he had to do something and do it now, or his son would be forever lost."
"A faraway look crossed his face. He'd taken the first step in changing his family's life – there was no going back."
"The next thing he heard was the terrible sound of his plane being torn apart, and then darkness consumed his very being. So this is what death is like, he mused as his consciousness drifted into oblivion."
"Somewhere, out there was a bear that had been tracking them. He reasoned that it must have followed their scent since leaving the lodge."
"His senses were telling him that something was very wrong here. He could feel it in his gut as it twisted first one way and then the other. Slowly, he made his way along the path, stopping and listening. Then something caught his eye. It was a piece of cloth."
"His hands were shaking, and he could feel the sweat running down his face even though he knew it wasn't a hot day. Somewhere up ahead was a dead body."