Ronald Lee Geigle grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, then headed for Washington, DC, where he has spent the past thirty years as a speechwriter, congressional aide, and public relations consultant.
"You learn a lot about people over that many years in the nation's capital," says Geigle. "And you learn a lot about politics. It is always a surprise to me--despite all these years in DC--what those two do to each other."
Geigle makes politics a central part of his novel, The Woods, which tells a coming-of-age story set during a period of significant labor unrest in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1930s. As the nation emerges from the Great Depression, both haves and have-nots struggle for financial survival and, more importantly, to achieve their dreams in the face of adversity, danger, and political ambition.
Geigle won first prize in the National Press Club's 1998 fiction writing contest for a chapter from The Woods.