This is going to be kind of rambly, but several people have asked me this question so I figured there were more out in there the reader world who might be interested.
Yes, some of Adam's life experiences are from my life--I'm not an investigator and, thankfully, have never discovered a dead body. My dad is an artist, he was (still is) part of a vibrant artist community in the Skagit Valley. There was an art community called Fish Town next to the Skagit River from the 1960s into the 1980s, I think in its heyday maybe 18-20 people lived there. They lived in small cabins with no electricity or running water but managed just fine, living off the land and creating a lot of different kinds of art.
I did not live there although I visited. He is NOT a hoarder--also, still alive. If you ever visit or go through the small town of La Conner visit the NW Museum of Art to see all the art and artists which came out of that time. Anyway, I learned a lot about my father writing Storm Season and thinking about him more reflectively than perhaps I ever have before. It was a very good experience.
My biggest personal takeaway was, when you grow up around a bunch of amazing crazy artist types you believe the entire world can be expressed in a painting, a piece of music, or a poem. These guys (only a handful of women ever lived there and only one was an artist) spent their days exploring the mediums, breathing them, dissecting meaning. How could I not think that was what life should be like?
Here I am a zilliondy years later, finally publishing my first novel, and the poetry and music from that time still rings in my head. Note: My father did build a huge house out of logs from his property. When I was in high school and college, I would drive up from Seattle in my red 1970 super beetle, the first thing I would hear was classical music blasting from the house into the forest...
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Continuing to celebrate the release of Storm Season, if you haven't purchased it yet here is the purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Season-Accidental-Roots-Book-ebook/dp/B06XDRQQJW