Born in California in ’52, the son of a semi-itinerant photographer, Richard Sutton lived all over the Western states growing up. After college, he wore lots of hats from sign-carver to guitar picker, illustrator, goat-herd and tree-planter before leaving an Oregon commune to hitch-hike to New York City in 1972. He made it his home, meeting his future wife on Canal Street. After serving in the trenches of advertising design and copy writing for many years, they founded a new company to trade in American Indian arts in 1985. The trading business remained active until 2007, and kept them busy traveling in Arizona , New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma and Colorado until retirement gave him time to begin writing fiction seriously. His first book, The Red Gate, an award-winning historical fantasy set in Ireland was published in 2009, with several more books to follow in different genres including Back to Santa Fe (written as W.T. Durand Mystery, 2014) The Gatekeepers (Historical Fantasy 2010), Home (SciFi, 2012) Troll (historical fantasy, 2011), On Parson’s Creek (YA Mystery, 2014) He’s also been busy publishing short stories and non-fiction memoir-driven articles from his trading days. He lives on Long Island with his wife, their cats and a tandem kayak (since hanging up the docklines to their 1983 sailboat). He’s working on a new novel that should be ready by the end of 2016. It’s set on the Mississippi River and in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Back To Santa Fe (Mystery)
Cabinetmaker Sullivan Ortega has just returned to his empty childhood home in Santa Fe, New Mexico to pay his respects to the last of his family, his sister Maggie, killed in a single-car crash. He’s trying to put his life back together, but along with a bad temper, he’s got few prospects or real friends. Learning what happened to his sister, the girl who had it all, is taking him somewhere he doesn’t want to go back to. Second chances can get messy. The local police have to agree.
Troll (Historical Fiction, Science-Fiction)
At what point did humanity learn to fear each other? To hate? Paleo-Anthropologist Ariel Connor thinks she knows. She just can’t prove it yet, but her newest find, high in a Norwegian Valley, may give her the proof she needs. Those scary stories we’ve told our children to keep them from roaming too far outside the gleam of the porch light may have come from real incidents, many, many years ago. While Dr. Connor’s excavation continues, the story of what happened is slowly being revealed.
Two clans are converging on the remaining game lands. One will have to leave their homes, one will tell stories and sing songs of their own bravery. One people will disappear while another will bring their history into the modern world. One way of life will be lost, but does the better way endure? What have we learned from the ancients that would have been better forgotten?
Troll explores these questions and asks a few more as well.
On Parson’s Creek (Young Adult, Mystery)
A new teenager in a small, Oregon logging town, Jack Taylor’s bored with school and living in his own head. Walking in the forest, he finds dark mysteries in an old-growth cedar grove near his new home. The story handed down several generations doesn’t tell the tale completely, nor do tales of lurking giants in the trees, an Indian curse, or the abandoned locomotive deep in the woods. As he asks questions of his teachers and local families, he finds himself pushed more and more into a corner from which there is only one way out. With the reluctant help of a local historian, his Physics teacher, a school friend and an ancient logger almost as old as the trees, he begins to put the clues together. The story unravels a community conspiring to hide the entire truth from the world. But, is that wrong? Maybe the world doesn’t need to know.
Recommended for older teen readers on up to adults who haven’t forgotten the teenager inside.