Interview with Kevin Callan

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Interview with Kevin Callan

Posted on April 24 by Kevin Callan
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Today on the blog we have an interview with Kevin Callan, author of the new release Dazed But Not Confused. Kevin is the author of 13 books, including the hugely popular Paddler’s Guide series and the bestselling The Happy Camper. His writing and photography appear in Explore and Canoeroots magazines, and he is the recipient of five National Magazine Awards. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the title?

Kevin: The original idea for a title was “Tales of a Wilderness Pornographer – my nickname for “selling” wilderness – but Dazed But Not Confused seemed easier to sell as a title. It comes from a story in the book where I suffer from vertigo and, oddly enough, don’t have many dizzy issues while wandering the wilderness. 

Caitlyn: Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

Kevin: I have a solid following of outdoor enthusiasts from previous books and numerous presentations – but I also want to attract a new audience using misadventure stories and humour. I basically want as many people heading out into the woods as possible – and then try to save what we have left out there.

Caitlyn: Describe your ideal writing environment.

Kevin: Writing in my journal while traveling in a wilderness area – then at home transform what I wrote out there into something legible. Early morning with a cup of coffee and danish. Then a stroll downtown for a cup of tea and quiche. Then back home for a late night (after putting my daughter to bed) with a couple drams of single malt.

Caitlyn: What inspired your to write your first book?

Kevin: To give me a solid excuse to wander around the wilderness and sharing stories about what happen out there. I’ve written a journal since boyhood.

Caitlyn: Who did you read as a young adult?

Kevin: Sigurd Olson, Farley Mowat, Bill Mason, Eric Morse and R.D. Lawrence

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Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of 13 books, including the hugely popular Paddler's Guide series and the bestselling The Happy Camper. His writing and photography appear in Explore and Canoerootsmagazines, and he is the recipient of five National Magazine Awards. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.