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My topic for this month is a wall. Specifically, the office wall behind my desk, and how it inspires me.
It’s pretty unusual for an Arizona author to decorate with Northwest Coast Indian art, but most of these pieces date from when I lived in British Columbia. I’ve written elsewhere about stumbling upon a decayed totem pole while teaching at a one-room school on a remote, upcoast island. My love for indigenous art stems from this period in my life.
Not only do I collect native art, I incorporate Northwest Coast cultures into my writing. My Alien Contact series describes how an Indian nation from the future ‘hops’ to our Earth and instantly becomes the most advanced culture on the planet.
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Seattle, Washington. The early hours of April 1, next year.
In Alien Contact for Idiots, a duplicate of Vancouver Island appears overnight off the coast of Washington State. The natives used 23rd century technology to move their entire island nation away from environmental collapse to our Earth.
Seattle biologist Ell Harmon makes first alien contact with Tro Eaglesbrood, the island’s leader, and ends up quarantined with him. Of course, they fall in love. (Hey, this is science fiction romance, after all!)
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Time: Two years from the next Friday the 13th
Place: A Pacific Northwest island that does not exist…yet
In Alien Contact for Kid Sisters Ell’s sister, Marianne, flees murderous rebels and finds a hero to protect her … or is he kidnapping her, instead?
Quinn Lebatarde is a scam artist selling phony Kwadran masks to tourists. Fleeing the police, he stumbles on Marianne. Undecided whether to kidnapper or kiss her, he leads her on a merry chase through Kwadra Island’s abandoned underground cities, pursued by killers.
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In Alien Contact for Heroines (available this spring), Tro Eaglesbrood’s brother, Reese, heads a cooperative project with American, Mexican, and Canadian scientists to build this Earth’s first starship. Success will rebuild his shattered reputation; failure is unthinkable. So is falling in love with Dusty Johnson, a heroic American technical writer.
At one point, Reese studies the Salmon Spirit picture at left, by well known Kwakiutl artist Allen James. This is the most blatant example of the inspiration that comes off my wall — but it won’t be the last!
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How about you? Do you have any decorations or collections that inspire you? I love to hear from you, so tell me about it in a comment.