With a love for the wilderness and an affinity for the west, author Robert L. Kasprzycki honors Native American culture in his new book, The Talisman.
Kasprzycki, after two career paths, three degrees, and serving over a decade as an officer in the military, now focuses on his love of art and writing. Man and nature are typical themes of his paintings and his appreciation of both led to an interesting project. In The Talisman, Kasprzycki tells the story of a Native American family, struggling to hold on to their past, while trying to secure their future.
Kasprzycki says it was about a year of research, then concept and getting started.
“I knew the beginning, I knew the end, and just worked on the journey,” he says when talking about plot, and work.
Maps of BC, the Peace River and Bella Coola informed as well as Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge specifically.
Kasprzycki was inspired to write this culture-rich novel after intensely studying the plight and history of the Native American people. He is donating a portion of his book sales to organizations working to protect them.
“It is important that I not only show respect and honor to the Native American people with this book, but that I contribute to protecting their rich culture as well.”
Kasprzycki notes his title - The Talisman – shares the another author, horror scribe Stephen King.
“To me the draw was the Pacific Northwest,” says the Syracuse based author.
While this is his first novel – other irons are in the fire. Perhaps the most obvious one will come out the hottest next.
“I’m working on a sequel.”
For more information, see kasprzyckiartistry.com. Check a future edition of the Mirror for a review of The Talisman.