Friday, May 10, 2019

Stranded on a desert island with Bo Kearns

Please welcome Bo Kearns, author of Ashes in a coconut, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!



Bo Kearns is journalist and writer of fiction, is the author of Ashes in a Coconut, a novel set in Indonesia, where he lived for three years. He is a feature writer with Northbay biz magazine and the Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper. His short stories have won awards—First Prize, Napa Valley College writing contest, Honorable Mention-Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition, and Finalist- Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition. Other works have been published in the annual California Writers Club Literary Review, Napa Valley Writers First Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People. He is a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, avid hiker and active supporter of conservation causes. He lives in the wine country of Sonoma with his wife. 



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Bo Kearns Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

The aptly named One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. I could read the engaging, complex, weird family saga over and over again while waiting for help to arrive.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

A top-of-the-line hammock.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

A machete. I could use it to slash off the tops of coconuts and drink the refreshing milk while swaying in the hammock, reading Solitude.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I’m a social person. Briefly would be okay. After a few weeks I’d invent a character and we’d have a chat.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

The ghost of Carl Sagan. We could gaze at the clear night sky and the brilliant stars, while discussing the mysteries of the universe and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

A toss up— my electric toothbrush or my laptop.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

A glass of crisp, cold California Chardonnay to sip with my sashimi catch-of-the day.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

By nature I’m optimistic. I could hang in there as long as ships appeared on the horizon, even if they passed me by.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Have a group hug—me, my wife, my daughter and my dog.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

You won’t believe what happened to me!


Ashes in a coconut



Set in 1983, when Laura Harrison sets aside her fashion design career to follow her banker husband, Jack, to Jakarta, hoping the effort will save her marriage. She has a bad feeling about it all, though. There, he struggles with different rules and corrupt business people while she thrives, joining the effort to save the rain forest and orangutans. But when Jack considers funding development in the rain forest, and when his business associates turn frightening, all Laura's premonitions seem less far-fetched. 




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