Who of us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered if we’re alone in the universe? Mitch Wilde never had until a failed attempt at pulling an arrow out of his best friend Jack’s shoulder began a string of strange and unexpected events in the small Pacific Northwest Town of Outlaw River.
When Native Americans start vanishing throughout the country and re-appearing in strange places on horseback, Mitch is challenged in ways he never dreamed. In addition, who are the uninvited strangers ransacking some of their homes? Added to this, Jack has taken to odd nocturnal treks. The local sheriff releases hostility he has held against Mitch since high school and something—nobody wants to call them UFOs—has just crashed into several surrounding lakes.
Can Mitch keep himself out of jail? Can Mitch figure out what the strange entities emerging from the lake are and why? Can Mitch protect the beautiful life he and his wife Mabey worked so hard to create? Finally, can Mitch help his eccentric neighbor save the residents of Outlaw River before it's too late?
Mike Walters’ debut duology, The Outlaw River Wilde – Book I, and Still Wilde in Outlaw River – Book II, sprung from an idea while watching Ancient Aliens on the History channel. He intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon in the Supernatural SciFi Mystery. Mike sat down one day and started writing. The characters and story came to life as he wrote.
“Every session was as if I were reading something new myself for the first time. It was great fun seeing what happened. I challenged myself by taking thoughts I have had over the years watching Ancient Aliens, as well as my love of Native American culture and my experience with all the time I spent in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Bringing these ideas together in a novel was more fun than I ever imagined.”
Mike is the Director of Marketing & Product at a Library Software company, Auto-Graphics, Inc. based in Ontario, California. When Mike isn’t working, he can be found bicycling around Southern California, hiking the Claremont Loop, or writing.
“I am fortunate to work in an industry that has a meaningful impact on society. It makes going to work each day rewarding. Some of my fondest memories as a child were spent in a small rural library in the town of Bonanza, OR. We used to walk, single file, led by the teacher once a week to this tiny little library. It was an absolute magical place. My favorite author as a child was Jack London. I also had an affinity for My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I would often dream of being alone, like the main character in the book, having to survive in the outdoors on your own.”
Mike learned photography as a freshman in high school and later took the passion and used it as a photographer in the United States Air Force. Besides his hiking and bicycling passion, Mike has a penchant for capturing sunrises on his Blackberry, which he often shares on Facebook and Instagram. Mike has a fondness for Micro-brews, particularly Porters and Stouts. One can frequently find him sampling, with his son Alexander, at Claremont Craft Ales, a personal favorite. Mike is currently at work on his next yarn, What Lies Beneath the Ferns — a dark mystery dealing with abduction, childhood abuse, and a family that wants to wish it all away. As time permits, which seems to never be enough, he continues to market his supernatural duology, The Outlaw River Wilde.