Animals, Nature

It started as a simple journal exercise. Tom wanted to list his top-ten favorite hunting, fishing and climbing trips. Once completed however, he noted something he found quite interesting. The majority of the excursions he’d noted didn’t result in a harvest of fin or fur, nor did they remind him of any found and conquered summit. Instead, he had selected past trips where something remarkable had occurred and valuable lessons had been learned. This became the inspiration for his first collection of adventure essays.

Within these essays, Tom unexpectedly finds himself alone and in the presence of bears in the dark hours in Jacksonville NC, he tries desperately to find help for a fallen and severely injured stranger in the mountains, he paddles among red drum eating creatures with exposed dorsal fins, he reluctantly stares down an unexplainably aggressive raccoon in a tree, he’s first on scene for a river rescue involving a family member and even catches a true Halloween monster to boot. But aside from the wild and sometimes frantic incidents he’s experienced while afield and afloat, the lessons woven into the fabric of these life-changing moments will challenge readers to look much deeper into their own outdoor experiences. This book was written to inspire readers to take a moment to breathe when they next find themselves in the woods or on the water; and in that moment to drink in the surroundings and find nourishment for the soul; and to recognize this nourishment aside from the purpose they may have found themselves in the wild in the first place.

Tom Sullivan is an avid, self-guided outdoorsman, writer and artist. He started writing lyrics and songs in his teens for the band Eternity. The group recorded an album and received regular airplay for multiple years. After graduation from high school in 1992, Tom attended and graduated from the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, NC in 1995. After nearly fifteen years as a graphic designer, Sullivan began writing fishing reports, eight of which received front-page awards on From these reports, he began to create more elaborate essays, detailing his unique experiences and observations. Tom also wrote for for the majority of 2015, but opted to resign so as to concentrate on his writing projects, artwork and his website, where he blogs and sells woodworking and artwork. Tom hopes his writing, while being engaging and descriptive of many magical places, will also bring awareness of the need to conserve and properly manage these irreplaceable natural resources.