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April - June 2010     VOLUME 14 ISSUE 2
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Meet Clermont’s Father and Son Authors

Dennis Smolarek

Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont is pleased to introduce a pair of outstanding local authors who just happen to be closely related. It would appear that Bruce R. Price author of fine period novels set in the 17th and 19th centuries has inspired his son Rod to put down into words many of his own life experiences. While Rod Price would be the first to admit he is not quite the wordsmith his father is, he has still managed to create an exciting account of his recent adventures as well as his life motivation.

Bruce R. Price has followed up his first novel, the Virginia Cavaliers, with an exciting Civil War story set among actual events. My Grandmother Confederate Spy, The Beth Hampton story, chronicles the young Miss Hampton’s escapades on behalf of the Confederacy. As with Mr. Price’s earlier work, there is a great deal of fun family rumor handed down through generations hidden within the plot. Bruce spends years researching and refining his books, instilling in them a true literary adventure.

Mr. Price, 92, has been a resident of Clermont since 1973. He is a WWII veteran and has served as Commander of VFW Post #5277 in Clermont. Bruce has been married to his wife, Margaret, for 62 years. They have three sons and three granddaughters.

Rod Price has been paddling his way around the South for over thirty years. As he began to gather quite a collection of 1st place trophies leading towards his goal of being one of the most successful canoe and adventure racers in history his father began to take notice and suggested Rod get his stories down on paper. The result of that impetus is, Racing to the Yukon - A Lifetime of Adventure Racing from the Everglades, to the Amazon, to the world’s longest canoe race. “Racing,” Rod’s first book, is about how he became an elite ultra-marathon canoe racer. His competitive adventures include racing around the clock in the 300-mile Everglades Challenge, paddling a balsa log raft on the Amazon River and his ultimate challenge the week-long 1,000 mile canoe race through the northern wilderness on the Yukon River.

Rod graduated from Clermont High School in 1978. He lives in Orlando and owns an office products company. Being self-employed has given Rod the freedom to fully pursue his love for adventure. Rod has one daughter, Chelsea, a student at Florida State University. Whenever there is a big race to prepare for or a little help with grammar needed, Chelsea is ready to lend her Dad a hand.