Thursday, October 29, 2020

Virtual Book Tour: Uphill and Into the Wind by David W. Reed #blogtour #nonfiction #memoir #interview #giveaway #rabtbooktours @davidreedwriter @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn


Non Fiction / Memoir

Date to be Published: 10/15/20

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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It's 1973. Our nation is torn apart by the Vietnam War, and the massacre of unarmed students at Kent State. The Vice President has resigned for bribery and tax evasion. The President is being investigated for engaging in criminal activity.

At twenty-three, David Reed has become embittered by political strife and corruption. Disenchanted with his future, he wants out. Along with new friends, Rusty and Susie, David leaves everything he knows to cross the United States with little more than his bicycle and a camera.

The trio gets more than they bargain for, with menacing animals, extreme weather, and astonishing encounters.

Uphill and Into the Wind recounts an odyssey that spans 5420 miles on bicycles. It chronicles the sudden and surprising glories of nature, the raw beauty of the land, and the majesty of the mountains. But that is just the start. Through it all, the three are changed forever, in ways they did not expect, by their long journey into the unknown.



What is the hardest part of writing your books?


Trimming and polishing. Deciding what to cut, what doesn’t move the story forward. Definitely the editing phase is the most difficult.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


I listen to Sirius XM. My favorites are classic rock groups like the Eagles, though I also love classical music.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?


Yes. I’m in a writer’s “read and critique” group, the same one for 4-1/2 years. We meet once a week. Each of us gets to read every other week. We all critique.


What book are you reading now?


Dipping into one of the Classics right now. Just started re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Am also reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khalid Hosseini.


How did you start your writing career?


When I was twenty I started keeping a journal.  After my Dad passed away, I read his private memoir and was inspired to write my own. After 50 pages I realized that my bicycle odyssey was the story of a lifetime and that’s what I needed to write about.


Tell us about your next release.


I am a twin. This is our story, a twin’s life.  My sister and I shared the same thoughts, finished sentences together and even shared a twin language. We attended school together, until our parents separated us. Even with different paths, we remained close.

Jackie had a successful career, met the love of her life and retired extra early. She was living the dream, until something happened that changed our lives.

 About the Author

David Reed has spent a lifetime studying the natural world, from his youth in the woods, his University training, his apprenticeship as a stonemason, and his travels on a bicycle, to his career as an award-winning landscape architect.

A career highlight includes re-designing four major gardens in San Diego’s jewel, Balboa Park.

A visual storyteller, David has guest lectured at the San Diego Museum of Art, Rutgers University, Kansas State University, The New School of Architecture, and other venues. His professional work has been published in Sunset Magazine, Garden Design Magazine, and Building Stone Magazine.

Uphill and Into the Wind is David’s debut memoir. But his work has been published in A Year in Ink, the San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology and awarded at the Southern California Writers Conference.

David believes that life is “out there,” in the forest, and on the land, not inside the box.

He currently resides in San Diego with his wife and family.


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.