Sedro Woolley, Washington
What is your main purpose in life?
To be able to earn a full time living as a logger.
Who is your greatest enemy and why?
Those that think the forests for the proliferation of an owl is more important than lumber to build houses for people.
Do you think you can ever reconcile with this enemy?
Not with these people that don’t know the forests, but think they do.
Do you have a love interest?
My girlfriend Lilly.
What is your weapon of choice?
For hunting game, my Austrian .308 Steyr-Mannlicher sniper rifle. I got a good deal on it used. For people, my hands have always worked okay.
What makes you happy?
Walking in the forest on at daybreak on my day off in the perpetual, light, North Washington rain, and riding my motorcycle.
Do you have a code of honor?
Certainly. A code like mine need not be in writing, it is known intuitively.
What makes you angry?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I would have had the money and chance to go to college.
What do you think is your greatest strength?
The ability to do a full day’s work every day like the best of loggers.
What do you think is your greatest weakness?
Refusing to give up logging when there is not enough work to go around.
What do you think is your enemy's greatest strength?
They have the ear of the lawmakers who want to destroy the lumber business.
What do you think is your enemy's greatest weakness?
Lack of knowledge of the forests believing they know more than loggers with their fancy lifestyles.
Name one person you admire.
The folk hero John Henry, the Steel Driving Man
Name one person you trust.
Jay Lyman, the owner of the logging store.
Genre: Science Fiction
Tasked by the Federation of Planets to determine if Earthlings present a threat as they venture into space, Tak, an alien anthropologist, leaves her starship orbiting Earth and takes a shuttle to Kansas. Intending to study humans in the United States—as she has learned no Earth language but English—she is detected while descending through the atmosphere and only evades capture by fleeing to Europe, where she lands in Poland. There, she meets an international arms merchant, Baron Von Limbach, who becomes her guide. She studies “typical” human behavior by accompanying the baron as he fulfills his latest assignment—to get the Dalai Lama back into Tibet. His method of halting the communist takeover of Tibet is to create a race-specific Ebola that will only attack Han Chinese, giving Tak a prime example of how barbaric humans can be. However, the CIA and US military are aware of Tak’s presence on Earth and are determined to capture her. And if she is unable to complete her mission and return to her starship—her captain will destroy every living thing on Earth.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.