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.
My son Houston and I got to experience a flight in a classic Waco biplane in St. Augustine, Florida this summer. Stay tuned for highlights!
Iron Man, Tender Heart This is an article written in BC Booklook by editor Alan Twigg. It borrows from an earlier interview for BC Bookworld by my old friend and fellow writer Sage Birchwater of Williams Lake. — Dan Dunaway’s YA novel Heart Like a Wing is a sensitive portrayal of a prairie girl, Briony,[…]
Publisher Ronsdale Press submitted my Young Adult novel to the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for 2017. Happily, it won Silver in the General YA Fiction category. No big prize money, but nice recognition. And more readers south of the border may find it now, as this is a U.S. based organization.[…]
This Fall I attended the Emerging Authors‘ event at the Victoria Library and shared Heart Like a Wing with other authors and emerging writers. This year I had the privilege of being featured in the Victoria Public Library’s Emerging Local Author’s Collection. Local libraries are a great way to meet and learn about local talent.[…]
I got to see first hand a 1950’s Norseman bush plane like the one flown by Briony and Dag in Heart Like a Wing.
Can you pack vivid descriptions, original characters and surprising plot twists into a story of only 420 characters? Well, it ain’t easy! That even includes spaces and punctuation. Back in the Dark Ages of social media, Facebook used to limit its users to 420 characters for status updates. A brilliant author named Lou Beach decided that was plenty of space for[…]
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.[…]