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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fishing, Ghosts, and My Mother's Gray Hair by Mark Kautz

Some years ago while working for a trade association I wrote a column for the association's magazine.  But not having ever been a writer, except for assignments in some composition classes, I was a bit apprehensive about how to go about it.  So, I asked the professional writers on the staff how to do this.  They told me "You have a story to tell...write it the same as if you were telling it to a friend."  Armed with that and a bit of poetic license I wrote the column for five years.  But this is not about me...it is about Mark Kautz and his new book "Fishing, Ghosts, and My Mother's Gray Hair".

Mark...the fisherman, writer, and blogger...has nailed it with this entertaining read about his fishing experiences while growing up in Wisconsin, Florida and California.  When I read his book I felt like I was sitting on the bank of a lake next to him soaking some bait and waiting for a fish to bite as he told these delightful stories.  And for me, there is a personal connection as he writes about places where I have been while growing up in California like in chapter 10 "The Ghosts of Carbon Canyon"....not a fishing story but nevertheless one of those stories that can be told by old friends when they get together years later.  His hair-raising experiences while fishing for sharks off a pier in Florida are every bit as exciting as watching a thriller on TV.  Did he catch the Nurse shark...or did it catch him?

Don't miss out on this opportunity to be greatly entertained.  Mark's book "Fishing, Ghosts, and My Mother's Gray Hair" is available now at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.  While you are at it, visit his Blog  http://www.northerncaliforniatrout.com/   and his articles in the Amador Ledger Dispatch and their blog on the MYACHome.com Web site.

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