Eric Penz

Eric Penz

Like any normal person, I am a bit schizophrenic. I have two personalities. One craves outdoor adventure. This half of me is responsible for my garage being full of cycling, mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and SCUBA gear. All well used. A perfect day is filled exercising as much of this gear as possible. Maybe hitting a favorite single track on my mountain bike in the morning and skinning up a craggy Cascade peak on my backcountry skis in the afternoon, then pointing my tips downhill and pounding fresh powder all the way to the truck. Or maybe start the day with a run in my kayak on one of the many local rivers before catching white-line fever on my road bike, chasing the sun over the horizon.

Watching the sun drop below that misty horizon, though, is what feeds my other half. The half that wonders what might lie just beyond. The world map may no longer have empty, unexplored space within its borders, no terra incognito, but that does not mean the human experience is void of mystery and adventure. Quite the contrary. There is one realm we each have access to that will never be fully explored, fully known, or fully mapped. One place that stretches limitless into infinity, rich with mystery and unending adventure. And the imagination of the storyteller is the magic that transports us over that unreachable horizon to a spot on the map that cannot otherwise be reached. That magical place is Story. As much as I am an outdoor adventurer, I am a storyteller. For me they are each seekers of the same. A glimpse of what lies just beyond that shimmering, elusive horizon.

With that introduction then, I am Eric Penz. Author, reader, and pursuer of what lies just beyond the horizon.

Eric Penz is the author of the award-winning novel, Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark and the novella, Courage Between. He earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental biology from Eastern Washington University in 1995. His postgraduate work was done at the University of Washington where he completed a two-year literary program in commercial fiction. He is also an alumni of The Film School. In 2012 he sold his insurance agency to begin a financial advisor practice and focus on his writing. He and his family live in the great Pacific Northwest where he can cycle, mountain climb, and ski all in the same day.

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