Author Scott Branchfield will read passages from his new book, “Star Liner,” at the Newport Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
The story is about an actor, Jan Stot, who has finally found a job. He will be entertaining passengers on a starliner bound for Asbos. Jan has never been off-planet before, so the thought of a journey to the new colony seems exciting. But a dark mystery is awaiting on the ship, and Jan will find himself at the center of it. Jan’s singing and acting abilities won’t be the only skills he has to employ on this trip.
Branchfield received a bachelor's degree in biology from Idaho State University. He is an avid reader of all of the sub-genres of speculative fiction, as well as history, other nonfiction or anything else that strikes his fancy. Over the years he has developed a love of writing for the fun of it.
As an adult, Branchfield rediscovered his fondness for acting. He has been involved in many local theater productions for Red Octopus, Teatro Mundo, Porthole Players and Theatre West. He has even occasionally written plays for them. For the past year he has written a weekly blog called "A Speculative Mind." This covers an eclectic range of topics. He currently works as a cartographer for Lincoln County, which forces him to be a part-time historian because maps tell stories and are themselves based on stories. He lives with his wife on the Oregon coast.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.