September 19, 2017!
Thirteen-year-old Karma is lost in the backcountry of Montana with her falcon, Stark, and a troubled runaway boy named Cooper. She's desperate to find help for her dad and brother after they find themselves in a terrible accident on a back road.
Karma wouldn't be in this predicament if her parents hadn't insisted on returning Stark to the bird's original owner. Karma's dreams of becoming an apprentice falconer will never be the same when she has to give Stark back. Lost in the wild, her bond with the tamed falcon only grows stronger. All the while, Cooper gets his own lessons on how to trust in newfound friendship.
Both Karma's and Cooper's mettle is tested by mountain terrain, wild animals, severe weather, injury, and her own waning hope as this edge-of-your-seat wilderness adventure story vividly portrays the special bonds that can form between humans and animals.
Unlike my dogsledding novels, I did not have years of personal experience to rely upon while writing Falcon Wild. What I did have was an intense fascination with the sport of falconry and the people who devote their lives to it. During my research I discovered many similarities between the two topics: both are somewhat "fringe" sports, meaning they are not generally understood by most of the population. Both are really more than sports—they are lifestyles. Both require incredible amounts of time, resources, and patience. And both are uncommonly rewarding—working closely with an animal and forging a bond. I admire the men and women who choose to follow their passion and I'm grateful for the support and assistance of many who have answered this newbie's naive questions.
Falcon Wild is a story in keeping with what I love to write about—gritty outdoor adventure, and the realistic portrayal of the special relationships humans can form with animals. I can't wait to share it with you.
"Falconry is a unique and ancient partnership between human and bird."
—Ontario Hawking Club
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for providing me grants to write this novel.