When the water is deep, know how to swim. When the cliffs are steep and hard to climb, take comfort – the water is deep!

When the water is deep, know how to swim. When the cliffs are steep and hard to climb, take comfort – the water is deep!




The author savors his childhood stomping grounds as a climber on Lumpy Ridge, Colo. Photo by Mandi Franz

The author savors his childhood stomping grounds as a climber on Lumpy Ridge, Colo. Photo by Mandi Franz


Why is fiction worthwhile?

Plenty of people ask, why write fiction when there are so many amazing true stories in the world? True, there are more incredible true stories than we can ever hope to record, but fiction still has value. For example, fiction is one way to record the drama of a life more ordinary; someone who didn't survive an apocalyptic ordeal but still has a life experience worth sharing for the insight it provides to those who relate. Some parts of the soul are too dark and deep to fathom without the light of imagination! I think more people are forgetting this in today's world of factoids. I hope to show that there is indeed a great deal of truth to be found both in writing and reading fiction. Certainly for me, to write it requires as much self honesty as anything else I write.