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, March 11, 2013

My Return to Guam: Great Friends in a Tropical Paradise

My home away from home: House/pet sitting can be sweet. And I can drive either truck.
Another view of the house: Side yard
The backyard: breadfruit, bananas, coconuts, taro, and things tropical I have never heard of.
The road along the beach where we walk the dogs.
The Guam Coastline
Inside an old Japanese coastal defense bunker
My friend Roger's dog, Frizzie. Not the one I'm dog sitting, but I couldn't resist. I mean, look at that face.
As a visiting author, I was greeted at the airport. I was pretty dopey with jet lag but note the lei around my neck. Cool.
I'm here and getting over jet lag and an intestinal thing that knocked me out for a day or so. Now I can finally appreciate the friends and the paradise of this island. When not speaking, teaching, and sailing, I'll be spending a lot of time hanging out and this is a great place to do that. Long walks with the dog along the coastline on a very nice trail with great views of the blue Pacific
Saturday morning I'm the keynote speaker at a meeting of the International Reading Association, next week I teach the writing process to middle school students in the Guam schools, and three weeks later, I leave on a 1,300-mile voyage to the Philippines with five other old men. We've nicknamed the boat "The ARRP Ark." Motto: "Seniors to Cebu."

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