What is your latest release and what genre is it? Old Man — crossover Teen (YA) / Adult
Quick description: Nate Huffman has a five-point self-improvement plan for the summer that will not only make him smarter, stronger and better looking, but will almost guarantee him a shot at Jen Wertz.
But just as the long awaited summer vacation is about to arrive, Nate`s plans are unexpectedly shelved–for the most unlikely of reasons–the reappearance of his estranged father who ran off with a nineteen year-old dental hygienist when Nate was five. And not only is the old man back, he’s got this goofy idea about some road trip the two of them are going to take.
Nate finds himself heading off in a pickup with a sixty-two year-old man he can’t stand. But that’s just the beginning. Nate’s dad wants to reconnect with his son–and more than that he wants Nate to really know him, to understand him.
And the way Larry Huffman has chosen to make this happen is to take his son into his own past, a past that has as its centerpiece, the Vietnam War.
As the two eventually struggle their way through the jungle of the A Shau Valley, the old man relives the horror of the battle that changed him forever.
Nate undergoes changes of his own–at first a grudging acceptance of this man who has been a stranger in his life…and eventually something more–something that goes far beyond what either of them expected.
David A. Poulsen’s writing career began in earnest when his story The Welcomin’ won the 1984 Alberta Culture Short Story Competition. Now the author of more than 20 books, many for middle readers and young adults, David is one of Canada’s most sought after guest author/presenters in schools. David’s teen/young adult novel Numbers was awarded the Sakura Medal (selected by English speaking high school students in Japan as their favourite novel of the year). David toured schools in Japan and Korea in October of 2011. He recently completed his Masters degree in Creative Writing at UBC and was the 2012-13 Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the final edit for my first adult mystery, Serpents Rising, coming from Dundurn Books in the fall of 2014.
David’s reading recommendation:
I recently enjoyed a superb period mystery, The Alienist, by Caleb Carr.