Howard Frank Mosher finds storytelling compulsive
By Belinda Goldsmith
SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - American writer Howard Frank Mosher says he can't resist a good story and it was this that led him to his latest and 10th novel.
Much of Mosher's fiction takes place in the mid-20th Century and in his home state of Vermont, such a "A Stranger In The Kingdom," "Disappearance" and "Where the Rivers Flow North."
His first book in three years, "Walking to Gatlinburg," released this month, chronicles the nightmarish odyssey of 17-year-old Morgan Kinneson from northern Vermont to Tennessee during 1864 to look for his brother.
Mosher, an award-winning writer known for his quirky characters, said it took him seven years to research and write this book which is a couple of years more than previous books.
He spoke to Reuters about writing and his latest novel:
Q: Why did it take so much longer to write "Gatlinburg?"
A: "It started about 10 years ago when a friend told me a story about her great-great-grandfather who had been conscripted into the Confederate Army as a 19-year-old, captured, and sent to the infamous Elmira Prison in New York -- also called Hellmira. He had a great name, Jasper Memory. He only had one item of value, a small gold button on his overcoat. In prison he asked a man who had been a dentist to fashion this into a ring for his fiancée. After the war was over, he walked from New York to the Smoky Mountains, about 1,000 miles, proposed and got married. You could not be a novelist and not want to write that story."
Q: But there was a delay? Continued...