PUTNEY -- It is no secret that Tim Weed is an adventure seeker.
He spent his 20s ambling around the world -- working in fish markets, trekking mountains, directing college study abroad programs in Venezuela, Spain and Australia. Today he works for National Geographic leading educational expeditions and as travel consultant for local organizations including the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and Putney School.
It makes sense that his first novel, "Will Poole’s Island," would feature a young, audacious, charismatic boy bent on a journey for something new.
Weed’s creative process did not start with a character however, as many works of fiction do. It instead began with a desire to learn about his family history. He found that his ancestors had lived through a time of conflict between early settlers and Native Americans, led to some fact, but also a great amount of bias, hearsay and whispering and little was known about that time. He decided to do what all great story tellers do and fill in the missing pieces with informed speculation and the immersive magic of a fictional narrative.
"Will Poole’s Island" is about a boy living in the 17th century who leaves his confined community in pursuit of independence and, with a few friends, finds more independence than he bargained for.
Weed, through combining historical fact, hearsay and magic concocts a truly daring and edifying tale. Will Poole will not only enchant kids and young adults, perched in bunks and sleeping bags, but adults too who are willing to put aside their daily grind and get lost in a fantastic journey inspired by classic fantastical fiction.
"I feel strongly that books are for everyone," said Weed. "This novel in particular is intended as much for adults as it is for ‘young adults.’ It was written for intelligent readers of all ages."
Weed makes this easy for adults with fluid writing and a hero you can trust, and proves there is no better way to spend an August day than with a couple of fictional friends finding adventures readers have scarcely dreamed of.
"Will Poole’s Island" hits shelves on August 15 and is available now at major on-line retailers. It will also be available at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro. Additional ordering information is available at timweed.net.
Madeleine Bonneau graduated from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.