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Alexander Watson, the Author

Alexander's grandparents are responsible for his writing ability. His grandfather was a pioneering air-conditioning engineer, taming the summer heat from the Sonora, across the Caribbean, to the Negev Desert and beyond. His Pap journaled obsessively. His Nan sent postcards and letters. But to get, he had to give. Alexander learned to write. Alexander still sends postcards, letters, and emails to friends whenever away from home.

"You should write a book," they urge.

However, writing a book as a result of a good letter is like opening a restaurant as a result of preparing a fine meal. The prospect is daunting. Failed drafts kept drawers from closing properly before Alexander finally produced to readable draft. He hired John Baskin--who drew out the author Alexander Watson--to edit and together they produced River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, American.