Writer Spotlight: Rebecca Agiewich


Interviewed by Diane Rudholm

Photo at right: Rebecca Agiewich explores the lookout on Suntop Mountain in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Wash. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Agiewich

Agiewich is a novelist, essayist, humor writer and creative writing teacher who grew up in California exploring the Sierras.

She moved to Seattle in 1992, and made her debut writing for OutdoorsNW in 2011 with a story called “Five lakes, four blisters, three hikers, two days, one bug bite, and lots of great memories.” (Click here to see her story on the Cascade Huts.)

“I love travel writing,” Agiewich says. “I get to do things I would never do otherwise, like climb a 250-foot tall Douglas fir tree, fly around in a wind tunnel or ride along with a wagon train that’s crossing Washington State.”

When it comes to outdoor adventures, this self-described “jack of all trades, master of none” can be found out in the wild cycling, hiking, backpacking, Nordic and backcountry skiing, and sea kayaking.

She has summited most of the big Cascade volcanoes. And, once, she tried to ski down Mt. St. Helens, which resulted in falling most of the way down instead.

Agiewich wrote a book called BreakupBabe: A Novel, which was published in 2006 by Ballantine Books. The story is set in Seattle and features a suspenseful ending on Mount Rainier.

(Ed. Note: Read Agiewich’s story on climbing that 250-foot Doug fir at www.OutdoorsNW.com/2013/escapes-go-climb-a-tree-in-central-oregon)

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