A. Cort Sinnes
When I was five months old, my family moved in 1952. We moved about five blocks. Except for a couple of years from the Midwest, the Napa Valley was home for my entire life. Growing up here in the 60's can only be described as idyllic – the freedom experienced by Matt (the protaganist in Silverado Summer) is based in my own experience, especially after I purchased my first 10-speed bicycle! During the summer, my friend and that I could get on our own bicycles, leave our houses at dawn, and not return until sundown, without any of our parents batting an eye. We seldom had a particular destination in mind, excited instead to simply explore the valley from 1 end to the other – from the derelict rock ruins of Napa Soda Springs, to ghost wineries almost no one knew about, to the leafy shade of "busted dam" high from the western hills and, yes, to the summit of Mt. St. Helena – just one by one, we uncovered a number of the secret areas this valley retains.
I attended local schools, went to the University of California at Berkeley, and proceeded to work for the legendary editor of Sunset Magazine, Walter Doty, directly from college. Together with a handful of others, Walter and I began the Ortho Book Series out of Walter's garage in Los Altos. He was 85 years old (not to say legally deaf and blind) and I was 22. I moved on to compose some 36 books on gardening and outdoor living and six cookbooks, including The Grilling Encyclopedia, that was nominated for a James Beard Award. I hosted a video gardening string called Hooked on Gardening, authored and illustrated a syndicated newspaper column, in your Backyard also have already been editor-in-chief of three magazines.
Silverado Summer is the first work of fiction and a true labour of love. The adventure I
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