By ZOE WASSMAN
Skagway School freshman Denver Evans was published in “Mushing” magazine’s July/August 2013 for her article “Junior Mushers” about training her Alaskan Husky “Nala” to be a sled dog.
Her article focuses on the trials and tribulations of adopting a sled dog and the progress she made during her own training process.
“I have always had an interest in dogs but when I found a book on mushing, I pursued the interest even further,” Evans said.
This article has opened many windows for her, Evans said, and her involvement with the training process will only increase as she continues to work with sled dogs at the Alaska Excursions dog camp every summer. This summer will be Evans’ second year working at the dog camp in Dyea.
Evans has been writing ever since she can remember, but her talent really developed while writing short stories about camping trips and her friends. Ever since then, she has been doing things to strengthen her skills such as attending the annual North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway.
The two years Evans has attended the symposium has taught her that she needs to take a break and put her work aside instead of beat herself up when she runs out of ideas.
Other than the published magazine article, Evans has been working on her own novel centering around a crime-fighting canine and his human partner.
“I prefer writing fiction because I can add my own twist on things and make it my own work of art,” says Evans, “This is the start to my future writing career and I really enjoyed this opportunity.”