Here's the description of All Things That Matter Press author Randy Wallace's newest book, '#9 Grundpark Road':
"Sold into slavery by his foster parents and smuggled out of Alberta, Canada, Daniel is held captive by Terrance McMaster, a greedy and sadistic farmer. While he toils in a mine, Daniel discovers an ancient geode and a forgotten civilization. Though the discovery would change the known history of the world, the world is not ready for the crystals' amazing powers. #9 Grundpark Road is an inspiring tale of perseverance and heroism. Will Daniel be able to survive a power that has destroyed everyone who has come in contact with it? Will he discover the true meaning of family?"
That's a teaser that draws me into the book. The author seems every bit as interesting. Here's a profile written by NorthernBCbusiness.com, a website in his local area (yes, he lives in northern British Columbia, Canada):
"Randy Wallace woke up this morning in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, happy to be living—quite literally. We don’t have many days on this earth and Randy appreciates that fact more than many because he is a survivor of a rare kind of brain bleed—a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
"Although there are scars, a titanium plate and some lasting mental challenges, Randy leans on his degree in education, his past work with children, and his knowledge that a good story can change outlooks and lives. Having survived may, to large degree, fuel his drive, but his past work with children infuses his writing. Randy’s stories encourage readers and leave them wanting more.
"Randy has had two books in print, his most recent, #9 Grundpark Road. The main character is a young boy named Daniel Sterling, who, like all of us, struggles with his own particular challenges. Daniel refuses to let his disadvantaged beginnings prevent him from reaching his goals. This uplifting, page turner will make you feel like you are capable of more, too."
Wow, Randy, your next book ought to be a memoir :-)
This is the sixth of a short series of Author profiles that features fellow authors in the All Things That Matter Press family.