The big names in town, whom I've seen from afar and am once removed, are Chuck Palahniuk (his site) and Cheryl Strayed (her site). Chuck is the king of Portland fiction and has written for years with great acclaim. His best known work is Fight Club, though he has many more titles worth reading. Cheryl has recently come into her own with the huge success of her memoir Wild. They are by no means the only writers in town who have done well or who write for a living. Many, many others work here, too. (See Patrick deWitt, who was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Daniel H. Wilson, whose book Robopocalypse is being made into a movie of the same name; and Delilah Marvelle, a successful romance author.)
My more intimate circle includes the lesser famous, but no less dedicated.
I recently met H. Joseph Hopkins at a writing conference and struck up an acquaintance. He fell happily into a book deal. Ten years ago. His book will be released next month! He has written a children's book about Kate Sessions, the woman who almost single-handedly changed San Diego into a lush paradise
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever.
|Marjorie Thelen and her dear John|