First Book Signing EVER now scheduled…

I am both ecstatic and terrified to announce my first book signing event, scheduled to take place on July 11th, at Third Place Books, in Seattle, Washington. One of the topics I plan on talking about is how, and from where, I drew inspiration for my novel, THE SINKING OF THE ANGIE PIPER. I believe the answer might surprise people. And, I hope that it is also as inspiring to them, as it was for me.

It’s Finally Here…(almost)

The Sinking of the Angie Piper is now available for pre-order, at Amazon. I am both excited, and terrified. Yes…terrified. I am truly surprised with the emotions that apparently come with getting a first novel published. Just a normal part of becoming a published author, I keep telling myself. As a consolation, I KNOW that there are many people excited to read this book I’ve been shouting about for over a year now. Without further ado…

The Sinking of the Angie Piper, by Chris Riley


As I prepare my wild journey into becoming a bona-fide NOVELIST, I am forever reminded of the value of home…and for me, that place is somewhere north of here. THE SINKING OF THE ANGIE PIPER is a story set in the untamed waters of Alaska. It is a territory that many of the stories I write (including my current project, as well as a planned third novel), are set in–the Pacific Northwest.

I have no real explanation for why I tend to write within this particular setting. Perhaps I have a deep-seated longing to further explore this wild land. Or maybe I just miss living there, as I spend 6 months out of every year baking in the sun-burnt lands of Central California. Or, maybe I just miss my home. In any case, as much as I have yet to understand my own aspirations, I certainly won’t let such ignorance prevent me from plodding forward.