My newest novel just published. Raising Rudy Holt is Women's Fiction about a grandfather left to raise his grandson alone after young Rudy's father, mother and grandmother all meet untimely deaths. Sam Holt's task runs smoothly during Rudy's formative years, but as the boy matures he grows morose, is prone to long silences and becomes argumentative and even disrespectful to the grandfather who loves him more than words can express.
Determined to lead his own life and not wanting to be forced to enroll in college, the day after his high school graduation and not wanting to enroll in college as his grandfather insists, Rudy leaves Sam a brief note, climbs into his VW bug and heads off for parts unknown in hopes of discovering what he really wants to do with his life.
Heartbroken, Sam heeds his grandson's wishes and does not send the law after the eighteen-year-old or hire a detective to find the boy -- now almost a man -- and drag him back.
Rudy is drawn to Alaska, the state where the father he never knew died in the crash of his military helicopter a few months before Rudy was born. In Alaska he develops an insatiable thirst for more knowledge about the much-maligned indigenous Tlingit Clan of Alaska Natives and enrolls in online classes through the University of Alaska, Juneau t learn more.
After spending a solitary winter snowbound in an abandoned cabin where he began completing college courses on line -- surprise, surprise -- Rudy decided he does want to earn a college degree. He gets hired as athletic director for the summer program at a boarding school for adolescent sons of Natives and moves into Haines, Alaska. The State pays his room and board. The summers he spent at a Boy Scout Camp in the mountains east San Diego, California -- first as a camper and then as a camp counselor -- help him land the job. Before Rudy realizes, it he's coaching a soccer team and giving his boys the same pep talks his grandfather gave Rudy's soccer team.
At Christmas that year Rudy calls his grandfather for the first time, and the two of them begin to build a different kind of relationship, man-to-man, but he still falls short of admitting it only took a few months of living in the Alaska wilderness to convince Rudy he didn't know everything, after all.