from the fifth Kate Shugak novel

Excerpt: Dinah lowered the camera. “This tape is almost full, anyway.” Her eyes were bright and excited. “There’s stories all over this place just walking around on two legs. See that girl over there? She quit her job waitressing to pick mushrooms. Said she could make more money. And that guy? He builds log homes.…

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“On your mark, get set, SHUCK!”

THE ICEWORM FESTIVAL IS probably the only place in the world where “You suck!” is regarded as encouragement, not an insult. The place was Cordova, Alaska, it was the first weekend of February, and it was Saturday afternoon at the Powder House, where the annual Oyster Shuck-and-Suck Contest was about to begin. Anybody could compete…

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#thiswritinglife

People always ask writers where we get our ideas. Usually I say “the idea fairy” and leave it at that. Ideas come from any and everywhere, something I read or a story I heard or a headline in the media. Once it was my father watching a Cessna on floats taking off from Lake Hood…

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from the fourth Kate Shugak novel

Excerpt: “One more thing,” King said. “Can you pass a drug screen?” “I beg your pardon?” “You’ll have to pass a drug screen. And you’ll be required to sign a loyalty oath.” “Am I going to work on the North Slope or am I joining the American Nazi Party?” Childress flushed a dark red. “It’s…

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