Today, I welcome author Ian Dexter Palmer to my blog. Ian is on a Virtural Book Tour to promote his book Weed and Water: Bringing the resources of God to a teenager.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Born and raised in Australia. I am a scientist – studied cosmic rays in the first part of my career and fracking in the last part. Wrote and published tons of engineering articles, but always wanted to publish a book. This happened when I retired. I have no children, but have six grandchildren.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I have started a book called Nerd in a Blue Leather Jacket. It’s about different ways for receiving insights and wisdom from God…. for work and for life. It includes experiences from other folks, as well as from my nerdy professional career and private life.
Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Apart from writing, my interests are hiking, dancing, and playing pickleball. My goal is to write half a day, like Ian Fleming did to create James Bond in Jamaica. I recently lost three months after my home flooded.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
I’ve always been a thinker, and with a book topic on my mind, plot ideas just come. When they arrive, I diligently jot them down. My mind has a strong “connection” ability, and connections relevant to my book flow in all the time. If I get stuck I fill up my conscious mind and go to bed. The subconscious often provides the answer I need next morning in the shower.
Please tell us about your current release.
The book Weed and Water is about a troubled teenager called Ethan who gets involved in sex and drugs to bury his pain and shame. Because they care, his family and friends share with Ethan outdoors adventure (and danger), all the while exploring life’s issues and learning to grow trust in each other. This is a story of love and perseverance, despite many Ethan setbacks on his journey to freedom from drugs. The author poses many of life’s big questions via the troubled teen, and gives well thought out responses based on his own walk and faith in God. His love of the Southwest and outdoors also shines through his descriptions of the adventure localities.
What inspired you to write this book? How did you come up with the title?
I have a granddaughter who is 16, and a grandson who is 13. They are in the challenging years, so I chose to write about the lure of sex and drugs (call it Weed). These kids also know about faith in God (call it Water). I wanted to write about the tension within many teenagers as they slosh, like seaweed in the ocean, back and forth between the Weed and the Water.
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
My favorite is Jackson the coangel because he represents pure mystery. I hate Randy, the boy who introduced Ethan to drugs.
Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?
I write with a window view, unlike Ian Fleming who wrote at a triangle desk set in a corner, so he couldn’t see out. I love to look up and see Sandia Peak at 11,000 feet altitude, and always changing colors. Spectacular in the monsoon season when the Peak is embraced by thunderheads.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
The Killer Mountains by Curt Gentry, which is about searches for and murders associated with the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine in the Superstition Mountains outside Phoenix. I’ve hiked in there and it’s a spooky place.
A mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping team-mates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman.
After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom.
The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention.
The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.
About the Author
Originally from Australia, Ian lives in the high desert in his beloved Southwest USA. As a petroleum engineer, recently retired, he consulted all over the world. When he hikes with them or watches them play sports, Ian’s grandchildren are a particular source of happiness. His main interests are hiking, dancing, writing, and stimulating conversation. Ian regularly writes a new blog on various topics relating to Christian faith, and has also written a book called Hiking Toward Heaven.
You can find out more about Ian on his website.