Diane Rios lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Greg, and rescued Labrador, Faye. As a child she spent several years on the road with artisan parents, selling their crafts out of a wooden house truck. Those years on the road gave her the experience of living in the woods of Oregon, drinking from streams and washing in rivers, and learning how to build a good fire by the age of eight. She is also a Francophile; she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in French, lived for a year in France as a student, and worked for three years in the French section at Powell’s City of Books. In 2006 she was published as illustrator for Gayle Forman’s travelogue You Can’t Get there From Here on Rodale Press, and in 2012 she wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Dizzy’s Dream, available at Blurb.com. Bridge of the Gods is her first novel.
about BRIDGE OF THE GODS
Twelve year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished when the forest creatures seem to begin to recognize her, follow her, and even to communicate with her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe being abducted and sold to the vagabonds who live deep in the woods, she discovers just how much the animals know. Finding help in the most unexpected places, Chloe learns the old legends are true— animals can talk, mountains do think, and deep in the forests, the trees still practice their old ways—and she struggles to survive, even as a new evil rises in the land. Set at a time when technology first arrived in the West, Bridge of the Gods is a book about the transformative power of nature, finding friendship in the darkest of places, and using an ancient, natural magic to find your way home.