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:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gone Fishin' but Still Writing: Watch This Space

Fishing is boring unless you catch and actual fish, and then it's disgusting. Dave Barry

Progress on the novel, The Spirit of the Voyage:  I'm just at 200 pages now and I've got the boys and the ancient navigator sailing their frail outrigger into the middle of the Battle of Saipan, during WWII. With that in mind, here's picture of an anti-aircraft gun from WWII. I took it on the island of Guam last year while I was there researching this book. It was on this beach, right here, that thousands of U.S. Marines waded ashore in the face of killer enemy fire. The courage? Where does it come from? They say that when soldiers do things like that, it's not for their country, but for the guy next to him--his buddies, his friends.

Meanwhile, I'm off to the Florida Keys today for a week of tarpon fishing with my bro. I'll try to blog some stuff here while I'm there. Maybe some bigga fisha pix.  Gotta run. Watch this space

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