I'm the author of Lost River.
About Lost River:
Jason O'Donnell is a journeyman reporter whose big dreams of finding the elusive, career-altering Story have been blunted by the relentless demands of daily, big city journalism. He has now lost hope after being relegated to his paper's lifestyle pages. In a moment of rare impulsiveness, he decides to give his faltering journalistic career one last chance, he flees the suburban conformity of the south to work for the Lost River Journal, "the best daily north of 60″ on the country's northern flank. He meets the enigmatic Roxanne, who has recently fled a secretive religious commune nestled in the mountains that encircle Lost River.