Award-winning book by Steamboat author mixes romance, financial intrigue
September 20, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An 84-year-old Steamboat Springs author picked up a coveted EVVY Gold from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association for his newest book, "At The Altars of Money" in the literary and contemporary fiction category. EVVYs recognize independent authors from across the world who are not represented by big publishers.
The award-winning book by Graydon “Dee” Hubbard, a man who found himself in the middle of the Enron and Arthur Andersen financial scandal in 2001, is making its way through financial circles by word of mouth. Hubbard said his book captured the number one spot in April for new issues in the "wealth management" category of Amazon.
Hubbard might be one of the few authors who can pull off a fictional love story combined with financial intrigue, considering the life he's led.
A former Arthur Andersen CPA who lost his pension when the big five accounting firm went under, Hubbard fills his novel with an insider’s look at how money changes hands without ever producing a product.
"There's a prevalent view in our society that there's been something improper in the accumulation of wealth and the improper use of wealth," Hubbard said. "That set the stage for me to say whether a modern day Robin Hood should be considered a heroine or a criminal.”
Hubbard features Colorado in the book including "soul-saving sex on the summit of Longs Peak and casino gambling in Central City." And its main characters are all graduates of the University of Colorado – Boulder.
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His characters include a woman SEC attorney fighting with the U.S. Justice Department to do what's right. Hubbard admits the government's sometimes "bad regulation" helped motivate his writing.
Amazingly, Hubbard started the novel before the World Trade disaster in 2001 and before the housing crash in 2008, so his topics at the core of his novel were eerily prescient. He finished the book in 2014.
At one point in the novel there's a dream scene set in Manhattan where everyone is frozen in their steps.
"The theme of it is that something happened that has frozen all the people. It was pure imagination, but it was two months before 9/11 when I wrote that," Hubbard said.
Hubbard said the book also "poaches the fringes of investigative journalism, including some different revelations about the Enron/Andersen affair that dare to challenge popular beliefs."
Hubbard has lived in Steamboat for 25 years and started climbing 14ers at age 65. He met his wife in the Steamboat Springs Writers Group where he honed his writing skills over the years. He even managed to get Steamboat into his current book.
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Hubbard previously published a bestseller narrative nonfiction book "Slim to None, A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment" under a female pseudonym.
His books can be found online and in bookstores. He also has a author's website at http://www.deehubbard.com.
Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.