If a carnival had passed me at 15, I probably wouldn't be here writing this.

As it is, I ended up pursuing the closest thing to that lifestyle in the late 60's and early 70's when I used to do things like hitchhike up the coast to San Francisco with five dollars in my pocket, swim nude at the Gorge in Big Sur, sleep in a cave next to a log cabin in Laurel Canyon and convince myself surfing was approximate to attending a religious function. But…after myriad dead end jobs and start and stop attempts at an education, I found myself at twenty in a dilemma: I had to grow up. Like Ray Hicks said in Dog Soldiers, "…the fleet will wash the punk off of you…" 

I became a diver. Then a husband. Then a father, and finally a teacher. 

Having grown up In Los Angeles and lived in Hawaii and Japan, I've personally experienced the locales featured in many different books and movies, so it's always been easy to envision those 'stage settings' for the books I've written. POLONIO PASS (Aignos ) is set in California and Hawaii, THE DEEP SLUMBER OF DOGS (Aignos ) in California and Japan and finally, THE WINTER SPIDER (Aignos 2018) in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locations are key ingredients in the development of the characters. One can't have a static and inflexible backdrop that isn't part of the mix; the setting has to actually breathe life into the characters as if it were also alive. To add to this, the years that the events occur in have their own zest and edge to lend in creating the needed atmosphere. Each character is a product of those places and times in which I have them. In this sense, writing (in my mind) is as enjoyable as remembering those days.

Gary "Doc" Krinberg
Author of a newly released third novel, THE WINTER SPIDER (Aignos 2018)