I started writing The Scribe of Irohila in 2001, and it should be published soon. It was the first novel first-draft I ever finished, and was written in only seventeen days.
When I signed up for NaNoWriMo that year (2001) I had no idea what to write. I only knew I wanted to write a novel for young people.
I’d been reading middle grade novels and young adult (teen) novels to my children for years, and was inspired to write one.
Since I was clueless about what to write, I decided to write four time periods on tiny papers, and choose one.
…and I randomly chose: Ancient Past…
I’d heard I should write about places I know, so I chose four.
San Francisco Bay Area
Here (Klamath River Valley)
San Joaquin Valley (or something like that. I don’t remember the last two, really. That was long ago.)
I chose: Here. Klamath River Valley.
After that the names of Irohila and Halekalo came to me. I knew Irohila had to be a village and Halekalo had to be a city. I never changed the names… they were pure inspiration.
Soon I’ll be releasing the story of Raoli out into the world.
Raoli was a twelve-year-old boy living in Irohila… in very ancient times.
Though this novel uses the setting of the river valley I lived in at the time I wrote it, it is not intended to depict the Karuk culture. Karuks are the local Native Americans. Instead I’m thinking of this being about a much more ancient culture, perhaps as long as one million years ago, in extremely ancient times. Think: the lost continent of Mu.