Wayne Sheldrake To Thrill Audiences With New Book: Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum

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An Inspiring Tale of Letting Go to Gain it All

To write a great story, you have to live one

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“To write a great story, you have to live one,” says avid skier and author Wayne Sheldrake (http://www.WayneSheldrake.com). This October he’s setting out to share that incredible story with the debut of his book ''Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum'' (Ghost Road Press, October, 2007), a tribute to all who have daydreamed of, or survived, a life literally on the edge. In the form of a vivid memoir, "Instant Karma" captures the visceral and spiritual sensuousness and elation of skiing.

More than just another book about skiing, "Instant Karma" is an inspirational story of survival and personal redemption. Sheldrake examines his place in the close community of ski bums, people who give up “normality” to live on their own terms.

Featuring a foreword by best-selling author Steven Kotler (''West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief''), "Instant Karma" follows Sheldrake through many thrilling mishaps and escapades, including knife fights, fake electrocutions, near-fatal collisions, open heart surgeries, and finally, love.

Sheldrake’s is a life of recklessness and restlessness, dedicated to adventure, courage, and the pure joy of second and third chances. "Instant Karma" maps the hidden trails of virgin snow and conjures the rush of hucking off cornices and skiing blind in sudden snowstorms with exacting detail, all the while finding his way to understanding and accepting the powerful bonds of romance, friendship and learning to let go.

In Sheldrake’s universe, “instant karma” is what happens when we believe our grandest passion can’t be separated from the everyday, and then live in accordance with that faith.

Wayne Sheldrake (http://www.WayneSheldrake.com) was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Denver. In 1980 he moved to Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the world’s largest alpine valley, home to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and recipient of some of the greatest powder in North America. He attended college there, leaving only once for a brief teaching assignment on the high plains. His fifteen year teaching career included significant stints at the high school and college level. In addition to teaching he has scrambled an alpine living as day laborer, bagel baker, ski instructor, ski coach, trout farmer, ranch hand, river guide, bicycle repairman, grounds keeper, poet-in-residence, ado copy writer, log home chinker, ski tuner, pizza cook, house sitter, retail clerk, dishwasher, and landlord. He holds BAs in History and English and earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis on Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University/Los Angeles in 2005.

He has been a freelance writer since 1998. His features, essays and reviews have appeared in regional and national publications including: America West Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Your Health, Bloomsbury Review, Triathlete, Velo News: the Journal of Competitive Cycling, Mountain Gazette, Snow Country, and Rocky Mountain Sport. His novel "On Every Street" was an Honorable Mention Finalist in the 2003 Francis Ford Coppola New Century Writer’s Contest. He is the author of the memoir ''Instant Karma: the Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum.''

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