Best-selling author Walter Stephen Geeding talks about the novel “The Path of Kokopelli”
Best-selling author Walter Stephen Geeding. Photo courtesy of Walter Stephen Geeding
Best-selling author Walter Stephen Geeding spoke about his novel “The Path of Kokopelli”.
Description of the book
Two contemporary Midwestern men stumble across a portal to the 19th century in this fast-paced, character-driven fantasy series starter.
Jack and Jim, two longtime friends and beer-drinking buddies, are on the road when they spot the shack. Aha, it’s a treasure, a treasure indeed, and so much more. As Jack runs out with a few small gold figurines, the deputies start firing.
They have discovered a way to travel the road of time disguised as a dilapidated cabin. The only problem is these MPs. A “start no violence” command is interrupted; now the travelers must dodge the lawmen. Jack hands over the gold; the weather returns to normal. A few old letters reveal the secret: twenty-four figurines, twenty-four destinations; just dodge the law.
After learning to be traders as instructed, a year later they grab Kokopelli and jump into 1822 New Mexico, landing in the middle of a certain Jicarilla Apache. Kokopelli, the Indian god of fertility and good fortune, keeps them alive. William Becknell, the first licensed American trader in New Mexico, thinks they are crazy; the hidalgos love their wares and the Indians respect them. The Violent Spanish Culture, Wild Apache, and Wild New Mexico of 1822 Forged Many Changes
The deputies fire as they rush to the cabin sanctuary. The animals die, Jim is shot in the back, and Jack is shot twice as he desperately drags him out. Injuries go away over time. Shaken, they head for four damaged saddlebags placed on piles of bones.
Jim discovers that he is a dad in this time-consuming adventure. they run for Wyoming. Jim marries into the family; Jack is a godfather. Already brothers in arms, they are forever transformed into true adult brothers. Two treasures return, money and much more. The former foreman retires and both become co-foremen; That winter, the ranch owners are killed after making Jim’s son a beneficiary.
The heirs force a sale and the most precious fortune surfaces; Jack and Jim spend everything to save the ranch. Two grown men with boys watching over them are gone forever, but they’re broke again.
They discover that the heirs have managed to drain the ranch’s accounts and steal the year-old herd, a crop the ranch depends on until the next harvest. Jack decides on another trip alone, Jim is a family man.
A call changes things. Jim’s brother-in-law killed a man. This is self-defense; the charge is murder. They mortgage the ranch, fifty thousand bonds, fifty thousand attorney fees, plus a hundred and fifty thousand ranch expenses. With family lands at stake, they jump together. Volume 2: Murphys Diggins.
Background by Walter Stephen Geeding
Walter Stephen Geeding’s latest novel, “The Path of Kokopelli” (2021), is the first in his Endless Times series. The second book in this series, Murphys Diggins (2022), is in print, volume three, Making Tracks, and volume four, West Coast Turnaround, are awaiting print, and book five, Gringos is in progress. of writing. Additionally, he has written and published the Colony Trilogy, Colony Book One: The End (2015), Colony Book Two: Narrations of Nui (2017), and Colony Book Three: The Beginning (2018). Steve has also published a small book of Christmas poems, Even the Mice Get Fat (2019), and a comprehensive volume of poetry, Pictures of Life (2020).
In his youth, Steve was a nomad, criss-crossing the United States in all four directions, accumulating hundreds of often incredible real-life experiences that he incorporates into his novels through a character’s memories. Steve lives in a cabin on Elk River, a place he calls Solitaire, which often adds its own story to the mix. This self-proclaimed riverman will tell you that Solitaire is his diamond in the rough and has kept him relatively sane over the years.
Steve was born in Washington DC but grew up in southwestern Missouri, where his roots lie. After being married three times, he went to school, became a lawyer and married his twenty-nine-year-old wife Linda. They reside in the countryside with their cats, Kitty and Major Tom.
Your book ‘The Path of Kokopelli’ is a fantastic read and has been very popular with readers. Can you tell me what inspired you to write this epic read?
I’ve always been interested in the paranormal and time travel. My mom and dad had a run-in over time after they found an old farmhouse near my great-grandfather’s. They found an old churn on the porch and asked him who owned the place; he said they were crazy; there was no house. I’ve been there, he’s right, there isn’t, but I used that churn to make butter; it’s true. The place where the churn comes from and its old place are both within walking distance of my house; there are no other old farms.
Then there’s the Spook Light a county further. Generations have chased this ball of light down the road, myself included, and generations of scientists and scholars can’t figure out what it is, but it’s there. Look for it.
Add to my lifelong dream of going back in time to meet historical figures. The next logical step for me was to do just that, going into the Endless Times series, The Path of Kokopelli is the first in that series, and book two, Murphys Diggins, is being checked out.
By writing “The Path of Kokopelli”, did you learn anything new about yourself?
As I wrote about Jack, the main protagonist of this character-driven book, the realization of the journey he embarked on was that it was all true, not the fantasy fiction part, the saga of self-discovery .
All of Jack’s memories come from real-life escapades reminisced of a life on the road after running away from home. From Canada to Mexico, and every point in between, incredible stories, often unbelievable but authentic to one flaw, with a single common thread, money is the driver. Somewhere along the way, Jack, aka Steve, sensed this man with a little boy watching him disappear forever. In his place stands a grown man; life and integrity are worth much more than silver and gold.
Your word and your honour, never leave if you hold your ground against the storms of life. As the author tapped into his old memories for The Path of Kokopelli, I realized how far down the continuum I had come; all travel time.
You create characters that are both intriguing and compelling. What is one of your keys to developing such phenomenal characters?
Creating compelling characters was done quite easily. Any man or woman brave enough to crawl on a horse and head west, to leave it all behind, must have felt a powerful pull, a vision. Anyone bold enough to leave the known world had to be interesting; dig deep enough, and sure enough, they were.
Take William Becknell, one of the characters from The Path of Kokopelli, and the Santa Fe Trail blazer. He refrained from dying of thirst by killing a buffalo and then drinking water from its stomach, remarking, “I don’t believe the water ever tasted so good as that from that buffalo belly. ” The cast of phenomenal players is endless; the key is an exhaustive search to bring the giants back to life.
Even Jack’s memories, thin as his veneer of civilization is, struggle to keep up; however, the two complement each other. Everyone wants to feel so close to the abyss that their senses vibrate; most never will, as there are risks inherent in every journey, but not without that first step. Jack’s actual memories, recalled by the author, play an active role in balancing the story.
All humans have a love affair with unbridled adventure, provided there is a safety net. I’ve been there, cheated death too many times, without a safety net, one day death will catch up with me; That’s life, is not it ? Filtered through Jack, you get the unvarnished truth of the author’s youth; Welcome to my world.
A good story relies on setting, descriptiveness, and raw energy that captivates, all coming together to make the reader turn the pages effortlessly. Your book contains them all. What is one of the keys that you find critical when entering the writing area?
Preparation is the main key to opening the door to a good reading; background assignments will uncover more than one parameter, such as tone, designated time, or location. In The Path of Kokopelli, research provided the answer; 1822, the year New Mexico began trading with the United States.
Bingo, this information gave me an opportunity; two-tone, cowboy life on a modern Wyoming ranch, plus life among boisterous, fearless traders led by Santa Fe Trail founder William Becknell; times have moved to now and 1822; the localities, Sublette County, outside of Pinedale, Wyoming, and the second, Mexican-controlled, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Two sets of mountains, the Sangre de Cristo and the Rockies, beckoned, and a hundred colorful figures clamored to be unleashed. The resulting force pounded my head and threw me into the area; The Path of Kokopelli, volume one of the Endless Times series, was born.
‘The Path of Kokopelli’ was such a hit. Do you have another book in the works that you can tell us about?
The Path of Kokopelli is the first in my Endless Times series; currently, volume two, Murphys Diggins, is due out within the month, and volumes three and four, Making Tracks and West Coast Turnaround, are awaiting publication. Murphys Diggins discovers that the protagonists are heading to the 1848 California Gold Rush;
San Francisco is a prosperous metropolis of nine hundred souls. Mormon renegade Sam Brannon fights for control of the Mormon church, people have yet to trample Sutter’s Mill into the ground, the dead still mourn from Donner’s Pass, while a lucky few pull the gold from Murphys Diggins to height of eight to twelve ounces per pan.
Join Jack and Jim in a race against time to save their future ranch in Wyoming and save Jim’s brother-in-law from the executioner.
When you finish a new book, what drink do you usually celebrate with?
Gray Goose vodka is my poison, and my poultice is flushed with a healthy dose of soda water. I see myself standing in the clear water of the river near my cabin. I let the warm days roll by with the canoeists as the fish tickle my toes and the scantily clad girls shake for the boys. Winters finds me sitting above a wet, crystal-blue world, surrounded by an enchanting calm, watching the eagles soar.
Solitaire, as I named my home, provides me with celebration on a constant basis. It’s my drug, intoxicating enough in all circumstances. Celebrate life; I do. On the other hand, Gray Goose is very tasty! As Oliver Twist would say, “Please, sir, I want more,” from a chill, that is.
His best-selling “Endless Times: Volume One: The Path of Kokopelli” is available on Amazon by click here.