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2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? Wide as the Wind is above all a story of love and adventure, but it also deals with deforestation and the collapse of a natural habitat on a prehistoric Polynesian island. It could be compared to the Disney film “Moana,” but there the environmental destruction is attributed to a cartoon monster; people, not monsters, were the real cause. The novel is for all readers above the age of 12.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Only write if you need to, if you cannot imagine a life without it. If you have faith in your vision and your skin is thick enough to embrace rejection, keep writing. If not, don’t kill yourself.
Edward Stanton was born in Colorado, raised in California and has lived in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Spain. He is author of eleven books, some of which have been translated and published in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Road of Stars to Santiago, the story of his 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostela, was called one of the two best books on the subject by The New York Times. On the dust cover of this work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener said, “Edward Stanton recounts his adventures with stylish conviction.” His novel Wide as the Wind has won the 2017 Next Generation Award for Young Adult Fiction, the 2017 silver Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Historical Fiction and the 2018 silver Feathered Quill Award for Teen Fiction. Stanton has also published short fiction, poems and translations in dozens of magazines and journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a Fulbright scholar and has lectured in many countries around the world. Stanton has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he was named Distinguished Alumni Lecturer at UCLA. He is now working on his second novel—a thriller set in the aftermath of the Dirty War in Argentina—and a travel memoir titled VIDA: A Life, about Mexico and Spain. For more info, please see: www.edwardstanton.com