This is How to Make a Primitive Spear Thrower

Readers of Strong Heart will remember the pivotal role played by the atlatl (the primitive spear thrower). Characters escape some truly menacing foes and life-threatening situations thanks to their skill with the atlatl. Today I came across this video showing how such a tool would have been made. It’s fascinating. Watch to the end to see the velocity a thrower can achieve when throwing a spear with this tool….still going up against a short faced bear with this would be terrifying!

Building a New Book, Adrift by Charlie Sheldon

Here’s a look at Charlie Sheldon’s new novel, Adrift:

screen shot -- Charlie Sheldon, Adrift -- manuscript

Doesn’t look like much now, but it will! This is always a thrilling part of the book building process. When the author is done writing, the editors are done editing and we can sit down with our designer to start the process of creating the visual and tactile experience of the book-to-be.

That was our morning. At a local Starbucks we talked about the story, how it connects with Strong Heart, the first book in Charlie’s series, and what’s new in this latest installment. If you’ve read Strong Heart, you’ll remember William, Tom, Sarah, Myra, Sergei…They’re back in Adrift, along with a whole handful of new characters and another remarkably imagined adventure!

So we told our designer, Sonja, the story then sent her off to work her magic on the page design, work in some maps to help readers get their bearings in the cold North Pacific setting of the story, and build the overall experience of the book. We can’t wait for you all to see it.

If you want to see Adrift before the rest of the world, sign up for our Adrift mailing list and we’ll send you an exclusive first look copy of Chapter 1 in January 2018.

Haven’t read Strong Heart yet? Well, you’d better get a copy so you’re up to speed when Adrift comes out. You can get your copy of Strong Heart at your local independent book store or in paperback, audiobook and Kindle from Amazon.

Watch this space for more updates as we build Adrift!

FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD: Strong Heart, by Charlie Sheldon

Charlie Sheldon’s novel Strong Heart is FREE to Kindle readers through Saturday, June 3, 2016.

If you or anyone you know would love an exciting coming-of-age adventure story set in the Olympic Mountain wilderness of Washington State and full of mystery, science and surprise, follow this link:…/…/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_GajmzbHED27N6

“…rife with secrets and hidden depths” — Kirkus Reviews

It’s FREE! All we ask is that you post a rating and/or review when you’re done reading.


Charlie Sheldon Reads from Strong Heart, Bellingham 3/17/2017

Author Charlie Sheldon stands beside a replica of a prehistoric Short Face Bear, much like the one his characters encounter in his novel Strong Heart

Looking for something fun on a Friday night? How about listening to a great story by a wonderful local author? Charlie Sheldon will read from Strong Heart at Village Books in Bellingham at 7PM, Friday, March 17.

Friday, March 17, 7:00PM
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Strong Heart is an exciting tale set in the wild Olympic National Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and in the untamed North Pacific from Alaska to the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Miracles in Montanare, the Video

Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany is about friendship: the value and importance of opening your heart to others, of believing that it is possible to connect despite language or cultural differences and about the life-altering benefits of finding friends who will believe that with you. It is a small story. It is a huge story.

Iron Twine Author, Lyn Coffin, Wins Georgian National Literature Prize

The Knight in the Panther Skin, translated by Lyn Coffin, winner of the 2016 Saba Award for Translation
The Knight in the Panther Skin, translated by Lyn Coffin, winner of the 2016 Saba Award for Translation

On September 18th, 2016 it was announced that American author, playwright, poet, fiction writer, translator, and Seattle resident Lyn Coffin has been awarded Georgia’s top literary prize, the Saba, for her translation of Shota Rustaveli’s, The Knight in the Panther Skin (Poezia Press, 2015).

We published an interview with Lyn about this amazing work earlier this year. But, just to refresh your memory:

The Knight in the Panther Skin is a 12th-century epic poem from the country of Georgia. It is considered the national poem of Georgia. It has been largely unknown to English-speaking audiences because few translations have been produced. Those translations that have appeared over the years have opted for free verse or prose re-tellings rather than the much-more-difficult poetic translation in meter faithful to the original. Some scholars familiar with the poem have even gone so far as to say a translation that preserved the rhymes, the metaphors, the poetry and the scope of the original was impossible.  Lyn Coffin took on that “impossible” challenge, working for over two years to faithfully translate, line by line, the 1,661 quatrains of the nearly nine-hundred-year-old masterwork.

Lyn Coffin read from her translation of The Knight in the Panther Skin to an audience in Georgia on September 20th, 2016
Lyn Coffin read from her translation of The Knight in the Panther Skin to an audience in Georgia on September 20th, 2016

Saba is the most prestigious literary award in Georgia, founded by TBC Bank and Rustavi-2 TV. Its winners are revealed each year. The categories vary from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, as well as translation works.

Following her time in Georgia for the Saba Award ceremony, Lyn will travel to Stockholm, Sweden to present a reading from her latest collection of short fiction The First Honeymoon: New and Selected Stories (Iron Twine Press, 2015). She’ll read at The English Bookshop in Stockholm, October 8 at 10 a.m. and then will return to Seattle where she will be reading at Elliott Bay Book Company on October 28 at 2 p.m. in support of Color Stories (forthcoming from Iron Twine Press, 2016) a short-fiction anthology in which her work is featured.

Congratulations to Lyn and Poezia Press for this remarkable honor!

Book Launch: Miracles in Montanare

This is a big week for us. Tuesday night we’ll launch our newest book, Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany, by Larry Snyder. 

This book has been a wonderful collaboration from the beginning. Looking back through project notes last week I found the first page in my notebook with any mention of Miracles in Montanare is dated 5/1/2015. More than a year, during which the true and heart-full stories in Larry’s book have affected me as much or more than I have them through editorial work. I fell under the spell of these intimate, vulnerable, personal stories of love and friendship. I am inspired by Larry’s approach to life–he simply says Yes to opportunities and follows the path to magic and discovery. He approaches life with an open heart, a joy in learning from and about others, and a complete lack of cynicism. The effect on me of reading these small stories is to feel my life opening up and getting bigger and more full than ever before. 

Next in the project docket is a second edition of The First Honeymoon, the charming and powerful collection of stories by Lyn Coffin; an adventure novel set in the rugged Olympic National Park and a couple of anthologies showcasing new short fiction by authors you really should know about.

Thanks to all the interesting writers I have the good fortune to have met, there is no shortage of fun and exciting projects to pursue. Stay tuned!

Neal, I Love You!

celestine_2In honor of the new year: Found this on the flyleaf of a used copy of The Celestine Prophecy at Half Price Books in Bellevue, WA. I haven’t read the book. I doubt it could be more interesting than the stories this inscription is inspiring…Happy New Year 2017, Neal and Jo!! And all the rest of you too!

Coming soon: The First Honeymoon Goodreads Giveaway

We’ve just added Lyn Coffin’s The First Honeymoon: New and Selected Stories to the Goodreads Giveaways list. It still needs to be approved so it isn’t live yet, but we wanted to tell you about it right away so you’d be ready to pounce the moment it is. We’ll post an update when the giveaway goes live. If you like to participate in that kind of thing, you can then head over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway. This is our first time doing this, so we’re learning right along with you. As we understand it, it’s competitive — that is, you and others enter the giveaway and Goodreads, using algorithmic magic, picks the winners (I hope it’s you!).

If you do enter and you do get a copy, we humbly ask that you write a review of the book. You don’t have to, and if you don’t like it you probably have more pressing things to do 😉 But, in all seriousness, if you feel so inclined we’d be grateful.

Keep your eyes on this blog, we’ll post again as soon as

Thanks for your interest and keep on reading!