Island Life: Here Comes the Wider World

Oh look, another glossy magazine article about lovely Orcas Island!

You’d think the island would be used to this sort of thing by now, but this innocuous, perfectly decent little article has occasioned a great ruckus on at least two of the “locals” groups I follow on social media. “Oh no! This will only bring more invaders to our peaceful paradise!”

Followed immediately, of course, by “But we need the revenue tourists bring! How will we survive without them!”

Fortunately for my husband and me, neither of these concerns really, well, concern us all that much. I mean, yes, we notice when the ferries and stores get crowded, and yes, we want our favorite businesses to stay afloat; but mostly, we’re just here at home, minding our own business–writing and gardening and dealing with hyper-local emergencies.

Like, trees that randomly fall down in the back meadow for no reason.

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About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.

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