Wordsmith– I also write books

A SciFi writer creates an alternative world, and in my futuristic book, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, the first locale is 22nd Century Earth’s Ice Age.  Robin-hooder Marchand LaFond sails an ice-boat to deliver fuel and food to the needy.  The powerful company BotGen (Botany General Inc.) watch-lists him as a thief. His ice boat consists of a hull attached to a perpendicular cross piece called a runner plank.  Under the hull three “skates” or runners act as a keel.  Ice-boats (a popular winter sport in the northern Midwest and Europe) are wind powered and need smooth ice for fast sailing.  Marchand’s ice boat and heroine Yardley’s ice age greenhouse deepen the locale.  Reviewer Robin wrote: A BRAND NEW ADDRESS is a good choice for teens suffering from Divergent or Hunger Games withdrawal.  Ms. Rowland creates a detailed futuristic world where the Earth is in the throes of a second Ice Age.  Reviewer Dusty Wright wrote: Scenes spring to life, and when the ice boat glides over the ice– “Yardley caught sight of his white triangular sail zip across their frozen yard.  In its wake frosty flints whirled like diamonds.”


4 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Dash Hamelton

    Kathleen, as I read your book, I’m right there in the ice age! Fascinating and factual. I have some knowledge of ice-boating and always wanted to try it. Sail-able ice is known in the sport as “hard water” versus sailing on liquid or “soft” water. A related sport, land sailing, utilizes a configuration with an iceboat-like fuselage or frame equipped with wheels instead of runners. In preparation to getting around on Venus, Marchand converts his ice-boat to a land sailboat!

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Hi Kathleen and Dash, what about kayaking? Can you put that in your next book, Kathleen, huh huh?

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes, I can and will, Mary Alice! I’m writing a sequel to DEEDS OF DECEIT (for adults not teens) and the heroine kayaks on Lake Arrowhead! I hope to have the book finished in a couple of months.

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