SOME OF MY BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE
HEART LIKE A WING
Briony, a prairie girl with a disfigured face, is adopted when she is nine by a childless older couple, Dagget and Moll, who appear mysteriously one day at her orphanage.
THE SEAHORSE KEEPER
Kyle Riley grows up in his father’s world of horses, cattle and rattlesnakes on the unforgiving high prairie of eastern Oregon, but his brother’s tragic death drives a wedge between them.
Dan Paxton Dunaway grew up on a cattle ranch in the Cariboo Country of British Columbia. He and his wife Betty homesteaded in the remote Bella Coola Valley, where they published a community newspaper. The couple later moved to Victoria with their son and daughter where Dan wrote his first novel, The Seahorse Keeper. Dan’s second book, Heart Like a Wing, derives from a theme common to many of his stories: re-inventing oneself. To get a feel for the location, he travelled across Canada to northern Saskatchewan and found a float plane pilot to show him the “bush country.” In recent years, Dan has re-invented himself as a triathlete and trail runner. He has competed in over fifty triathlons, including three Ironman Canada races. He continues to write and train where he lives near Sidney, B.C.
I was well into the story of the unfortunate orphan girl—the protagonist of Heart Like a Wing—back in the summer of 2010 when I set out from the west coast in my van to look for the places where she grew up. So far, all my research had been done on the internet and at the B.C.[…]