Page Through The Parks: Yellowstone!

Our Page Through The Parks adventure continues this week in Yellowstone National Park, the setting for my YA debut novel FAITHFUL. I first visited Yellowstone in my late twenties, and nothing could have prepared me for the wonder. The landscape would be amazing enough by itself, but add the wildlife, hot springs, geysers, and history, and it is one of the most marvelous places on this … [Read more...]

FAITHFUL and the Yellowstone Volcano

Beneath my fingers, the ground was alive. It rumbled, creaked, and groaned - with each spray, the earth heaved. And as I sat there helpless and trembling myself, I began to sense the rhythm of it, just as the sea had a rhythm that I knew. I geyser roared and ebbed and roared again, like the ebb and flow of tides. I pressed my hand onto the ground and felt it shudder. I cringed as another … [Read more...]

The Wild, Wild West

"Four men straddled the road, barring our way. They wore scarves that covered their faces except for their eyes; they carried what looked like long sticks. I shook, trying to clear my head of confusion. Four horses, tied to a nearby tree, whinnied anxiously. Then I realized that the men were carrying rifles, not sticks, and the rifles were pointed at the carriage." Pages 176-177, … [Read more...]

Yellowstone In 1904

"This is nothing. Just wait! You and your pa heading out on the Tour today?" "No." I stared over the milky-white terraces, avoiding his eyes, plucking at my gloves. Whatever the Tour was, it would cost money. Which apparently we had none of. I sighed. "What is the Tour, anyway?" "It's a tour through the entire Park. You'll see it all, all the geysers, hot springs - with any luck, animals, … [Read more...]