Why did you pursue writing?
I am a story teller. The story was in my head and needed to be told. Writing it down made it come alive.
What inspired your book?
The stories in my family and from old Hawai’ians on Maui got me started. Seeing the rebirth of interest in voyaging canoes among Hawai’ians pushed me along, and an encounter with a Pueo (short eared owl) in the wilderness of Haleakala sent me to putting it down on paper.
How long have you been publishing your work?
Completed the writing of my first novel in February 2015. Print version hit Amazon on July 20, 2015.
Have you been interested in writing the majority of your life?
It’s been in the back of my mind. I’m 77 years old and figured I’d better get with it.
Do you have a routines to help you write?
300 words per day of any kind whether I like it or not. I have coffee frequently with another writer to compare notes and pump each other up.
Russell Cahill, a retired park ranger, lives in a forest adjacent to a salmon stream near Olympia Washington. He is of Native Hawaiian ancestry and writes about the people of Hawaii and Western North America. Russell was born in San Francisco prior to World War Two and says he is old enough to have played American Football while wearing a leather helmet. He is married to Narda Pierce and is the father of three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mr. Cahill is a graduate of San Jose State College, (now University) with a degree in Biology. He has served in Yosemite, Glacier Bay, Katmai and Haleakala National Parks and has been the Director of the Alaska and California State Park Systems and the Deputy Director of Washington’s State Parks.
During the 1970s Russell with his late wife Susie took their children to a remote place in Alaska and built a cabin using only hand tools. He spends part of each summer at the cabin in Gustavus, Alaska. He and his wife Narda have kayaked in Alaska, Mainland United States and Western Australia. Since his retirement he has served as a member of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, State Parks Commission, and as a Community Services volunteer. Russell and his wife have travelled extensively based on the theory, “retire early and often.” The two of them once walked from Idaho to Seattle just for the heck of it. He claims his most interesting job was as a bouncer at a go-go club during college years.