Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Monday, December 22, 2008

Second Novel to Be Published This Spring, Some Pictures Regarding the Novel-in-Progress

Good news today: My publisher has notified me that The Mirrors of Castaway Time, Book II in The Eye of the Stallion trilogy will be published this spring. They've been sitting on it for a year and a half. When Terry gets home we'll pop a bottle of champagne. It's a time-twisted follow-up to the first book. My editor called it, "Prime story telling." I hope so. I had a great two years writing it in the belly of our boat, VATNA on the island of Guam.
Speaking of writing and speaking of Guam, here's a picture I took of a traditional canoe sailing in Apra Harbor, Guam in May of 07 (it's a re-run from an earlier blog, I think, but I'm mooney about Guam today and thinking about the next book). The guy at the helm is Manny Sikau, a master navigator from the island of Pulowat. My next book, The Spirit of the Voyage, is about this--two boys must learn how to navigate a canoe like this using the stars to escape the war in the Pacific. I'm 85 pages into as of this morning. Had a great write today. Lots of fun.
It's cold today here in Virginia--in the 20's with a strong wind. Terry has backed out of taking a walk with me and I might just fore go it myself. Let's just celebrate. By the way, the photo below was taken a bit earlier than the one above. I'm at the helm of the same canoe. Imagine steering a canoe like this over 500 miles of open ocean and not using a compass or a sextant? Look at the color of that water.

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