No! Full Curl is the first in a series that will include at least three books. The second novel — “No Place for Wolverines” — was published by Dundurn Press in October, 2018. The third in the series — “In Rhino We Trust” — will be available September 30, 2019. I have at least three more books in the series sketched out beyond that.
I’m a long-time resident of Western Canada, and I’ve traveled extensively through the Pacific Northwest. I love the landscapes, from rich coastal forests to dry ponderosa pine grasslands to the high alpine.
I can’t give away any secrets, not only because I hope you’ll share the journey with me, but because only Jenny knows for sure. She’s always at least a step or two ahead of me. She’ll tackle at least one more investigation in Canada before she heads to Namibia on a secondment. After that, I get the sense that she’ll travel, perhaps because of a new love interest, and that she and her Parks Canada bosses will have to sort out their differences.
I’ve had people ask me if the book is about hairdressing (no) or surfing (no again). It takes its name from the horns of bighorn sheep rams. If an animal is old enough, his horns will circle around toward the back then back to the front again, passing their point of origin … to form a full curl. It also reflects a story that does the same: returns to its starting point.
For the first few drafts, I struggled with the title. But then, Jenny Willson gave me the title. When she was talking about a specific place, and the potential for something to happen there, she said “this will be no place for wolverines.” Thanks, Jenny!
In truth, I’m not a huge fan of these labels. But I recognize why they’re necessary. The Jenny Willson series could fit under mystery, crime fiction or even thriller, depending on your definition. But I’m starting to like the idea that they might fit in a new category of eco-mystery or eco-thriller. Let’s see if that becomes ‘a thing…’
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It’s a play on words. Not only does it mirror a phrase on the U.S. penny, but it honours the incredible work being done in Namibia by Save The Rhino Trust Namibia.( http://www.savetherhinotrust.org/)
I think both Jenny and I were getting too comfortable in the Canadian Rockies. I decided to send her to a place where almost everything was different – the geography, the history, the culture, and the conservation challenges – to see how she would react. I hope you’ll agree that she did just fine.
I’m working on two projects at the moment.
I’ve completed a stand-alone ecothriller with the working title of “Run, River, Run,” which is now with my agent. It’s largely set in the Columbia River basin (with guest appearances from Prince George, McBride, Whitefish, San Francisco, Madrid, Saint-Malo, and Washington, DC) and poses the question; how far would the United States go to become self-sufficient in water?
I’ve also begun a new series starring Ros du Raan, a former Namibian wildlife officer working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The first — “View to a Kill” – is set at a bear-viewing lodge in Alaska and is finished, and I’m a few chapters into — “Whispers of the North” — which is set in northern Norway.