macduff brooks fly fishing mystery novels
I didn’t begin writing a novel until about five years ago. But I had written extensively on international and foreign law for forty years. I started out with a provincial education in Connecticut, receiving a B.S. from UConn and an M.A (Economics) from Trinity, all within thirty miles of my boyhood home in West Hartford, Connecticut. OCS and three years on destroyers broadened my vision and led me to obtain three law degrees, one in the U.S. (UConn), one in France (Strasbourg), and one in Mexico (Mexico City). My world became the world. I taught at several law schools in the U.S., and more abroad, including Amsterdam, Costa Rica, London, Frankfurt, Guatemala, Mexico, Paris, Florence, Lisbon, and Barcelona. It was a dream life and I enjoyed every minute. I never once walked into the law school, over forty years of teaching, when I wasn't excited about the day ahead.
When I stepped down from teaching law I decided to shift focus to something about fly fishing. I began building a wooden drift boat, the Osprey in my novels, went through a superb guide school at World Cast Anglers (Orvis) in Jackson Hole, and was even offered a full-time job guiding with a leading outfitter. But I thought that was a little strenuous career to begin at 74! So I decided to use Osprey to take out friends and work for such organizations as Project Healing Waters. I have towed Osprey from St. Augustine to Montana twice over the past four years.
Occasional work for the State Department over the years in such unstable areas as Yugoslavia, Cuba, the Sudan, Paraguay, Guatemala and others, gave me an understanding of our intelligence operations abroad. Thus, the idea for a novel about a fly fishing guide who was once an international law professor, but after some clandestine work in Guatemala was placed in a protection program with a new name - Macduff Brooks - and new locations - Montana and St. Augustine. I wanted Macduff to be a good guy - not the kind of guide character who is too often the center of a novel and is fleeing from years “back east” of involvement in excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol, and mistreatment of other persons.
I hope my novels reflect my feelings about fly fishing - practicing catch and release, using barbless hooks, helping to preserve critical fishing habitat, and sharing the belief that fly fishing takes one to some of the most spectacular parts of the country. Fly fishing is, after all, much about simply “being there.”
The first three novels in the Macduff Brooks saga have been published as the Western Mountains Trilogy - Deadly Drifts, Crosses to Bear, and "You're Next!" The next three have been published as thge WFlorida and Cuba Trilogy - Gill Net Games, Barracude Pens, and Deadly Airboats.
I have made signing tours in Montana and Wyoming in the West and Florida and Georgia in the Southeast.
Last revised: July 2015
CONTACT AUTHOR FOR FOLLOWING LECTURES FOR LIBRARIES, FISHING ORGANIZATIONS, BOOK STORES, BOOK CLUBS, BAR ASSOCIATIONS, OTHERS -
1. How Teaching International Law for Forty Years Prepared Me for a Life of Crime.
2. Don't Write Like I Write.
3. Writing the Macduff Brooks Series.
4. Traditional and Other Forms of Publishing.
5. Ten Mistakes I've Made in Writing the First Macduff Brooks Novels.
GILL NET GAMES
CROSSES TO BEAR
Saturday, October 18, 2014, Ponte Vedra Beach, Writers Group, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Lecture & signing - "Don't Write Like I Write." 10:30 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, Federation of Fly Fishers Florida Council, Plantation, Crystal River, Florida. Signing, 12 noon-2 p.m. each day.
Sunday, September 28, 2014, BookLoft, Fernandina, Florida. 1-4 p.m. signing.
Sunday, September 21, 2014, Valley Book Store, Jackson, Wyoming. 3-5 p.m. signing.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana. 7 p.m reading.
Friday, September 5, 2014, Hatties Books, Brunswick, Georgia. Signing 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 2014. Downtown Books, Apalachicola, Florida. Signing, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, 2014, Noon luncheon lecture "How 40 years teaching international law prepared me for a life of crime - writing mystery novels," Sarasota Bar Association, Sarasota, Florida.
Friday, December 13, 2013, "Conner Calling" talk show, Public radio, WUFT-FM 89.1, or may be heard on www.wuft.org/connercalling.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Teton County Library, Jackson, Wyoming. Lecture and discussion.
Sunday, December 9, 2012, Headquarters Library, Alachua County, 401 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.
Friday, June 29, 2012, "Conner Calling" talk show, WUFT-FM 89.1, May be heard on www.wuft.org/connercalling.
Friday-Saturday, October 18 & 19, Federation of Fly Fishers Florida Council, Plantation, Crystal River, Florida. Signing.
Friday, May 3, 2013, Orvis, Jackson, Wyoming, 12noon-2pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana 12noon-2pm
Sunday, April 28, 2013, Bozeman Angler, Bozeman, Montana, 11am-1pm
Friday, July 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Maine Guide Fly Shop, Greenville, Maine (for Project Healing Waters).
Friday, April 27, 2012, Orvis, Jackson, Wyoming (opening of summer season). Friday, July 27, 2012.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana 12noon-2pm
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, Bozeman Angler, Bozeman, Montana, 11am-1pm
ALL BOOKS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE.
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Last revised: July 2015