What is your latest release and what genre is it? Short Peaks (mountain short fiction)
Quick description: 33 brief mountain tales – from angels on summits to ghosts on ledges, from madmen on Diamox to malevolent gurus on mountain tops – these intertwined and very short peeks at the mountains tell tales from the past, present, and future.
Residing in Canmore, Alberta, since 1996, Jerry Auld is an avid climber and mountain runner who focuses on writing mountain fiction (a niche, wrapped in a genre, inside an epic).
Auld’s short stories have been published in the Alpinist and in the Canadian Alpine Journal. At the 2005 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Jerry was the co-recipient of the 2005 People’s Choice Award for the independent film, Sister Extreme.
His first novel, Hooker & Brown (Brindle & Glass, 2009), was shortlisted for both the Boardman Tasker award for Mountain Literature, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Literature Award.
Short Peaks is his second book, and his first collection of short fiction (Imaginary Mountain Surveyors, 2013) which has been reviewed as an IP Notable from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Fiction and Poetry Award.
What are you working on now?
Just completed a children’s book, where we took 40 prominent Canadian mountains and turned them into mazes. Educational and interactive for the young at heart. Working now on finishing a novel about Banff and Ghosts and a Jazz Festival that starts us on an adventure to save the universe.
Jerry’s reading recommendation:
Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses – just brilliant (I agree!! smt)