Irecently had the pleasure of speaking with Chelan attorney-author Stan Morse. Morse grew up in Chelan, near where his grand- parents homesteaded in 1894. He graduated
from law school and was admitted to practice in
Washington in 1979. After practicing in Seattle for
12 years, Morse relocated his practice to Chelan in
1996 with the idea of writing.
Morse has written three novels and an autobiographical account of traveling around the
world solo in a wheelchair. Circling the Earth in
a Wheelchair chronicles his incredible trip, with
highlights like scuba diving off the Barrier Reef
and visiting the Palatine Hill in Rome.
Morse's first novel, Brothers of Summer,
expanded from a short story, is a coming-of-age
drama set in Chelan in the late 1960s. In this
touching story, two estranged brothers and a
friend embark on a fateful backpacking trip as
they navigate the rocky shoals of adolescence.
His second novel, Goering’s Gold, is a sus-penseful work of historical fiction. A Nazi general
smuggles gold embedded in pipes headed for a
Pacific Northwest hydroelectric project. Years
later, an assassin believed to be dead but in fact
hiding out near the project gets entwined in a
modern-day search for the gold.
The Order, his most recent novel, ventures into
science fiction and explores the idea of a subset of
humans born with T-cells and an immune system
so strong that they can live for hundreds of years.
Members of the Order also possess special skills
such as extreme mathematical ability or irresistible charm. The story centers on Nina, a 13-year-
old foster child in a north central Washington
town who is an especially powerful new member
of this group but unaware of her significance.
Warring factions within the Order collide as
they try to influence whether their existence will
remain unknown to the world.
Morse is currently working on the seventh
draft of The Funny Bird, the second book in the
Nina Chronicles series, and considering a sequel
to Goering’s Gold.
Brings a Gift
An Interview with Author Stan Morse
by Renee McFarland