Wis­dom of the Ages

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The lat­est novel from for­mer lawyer KRISTIN HAN­NAH, 57, a New York Times best­selling au­thor of more than 20 nov­els in­clud­ing The Nightin­gale and Home Front, is set in 1974 Alaska. The Great Alone tells the story of Leni, a 13-year-old girl, whose volatile father, a for­mer PoW, loses his job and moves his wife and daugh­ter to Alaska to “live off the land.” Nat­u­rally, things don’t go well and, when win­ter comes and Leni’s father’s men­tal state de­te­ri­o­rates, the re­mote land­scape of Alaska and its in­her­ent dan­gers pale in com­par­i­son to the threat within the fam­ily’s plot of land.

“I come from a long line of ad­ven­tur­ers and dream­ers. My grand­fa­ther left Wales at 14 with only a few dol­lars to his name. He trav­elled to Canada and be­came a cow­boy in Saskatchewan,” ex­plains Han­nah, about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind The Great Alone. “My father, like­wise, set out for Alaska in the late ’70s, and it changed all of our lives. Three gen­er­a­tions of my fam­ily have worked at the ad­ven­ture lodge he founded with a home­steader fam­ily. I have been wait­ing a long time for the right story to find me, one that I could set in Alaska and use to show­case my love for that harsh, beau­ti­ful, wild land­scape.”

What ad­vice do you wish you had given your 25-year-old self? Hmmm. I think I’d say re­lax more, travel more and worry less.

What ad­vice would you give your 80-year-old self? Keep ex­er­cis­ing and spend as much time as pos­si­ble with your fam­ily and friends.

What do you know for sure? That love, friends and fam­ily are what mat­ters in life.

What have you learned? To care less about what other peo­ple think and fol­low my own lead more of­ten.

What will you never learn? To let things go. Best piece of ad­vice? Came from my mom when I was a third-year law stu­dent. She told me that I could be a writer.

Did it work? Yes! I started writ­ing not long af­ter that and haven’t ever stopped.

What inspires you? Peo­ple who fight for what they be­lieve in, what­ever that is, in what­ever form in takes.

The mo­ment that changed ev­ery­thing? Well, clearly the mo­ment that most changed my life was moth­er­hood. Fol­low­ing that, I guess it was when I won my very first writ­ing con­test, a lot of years ago. That’s when I re­ally be­lieved I could make my pas­sion for writ­ing into a ca­reer.

Hap­pi­ness is … A beau­ti­ful beach, a per­fect mai tai and my friends and fam­ily gath­ered close.

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