Mitch, having already become a successful businessman, decided to stretch his talents even further and become a writer. Somewhat based on Mitch's experiences as he grew up, The Boy Who Lived In A Tree describes how a young boy grew up and survived in the wilderness during the 1830s. Mitch's unique experiences gave him plenty of material to write a story that blends fiction with the everyday hardships of survival that faced early settlers in the Buffalo National River region. These hardy settlers developed skills to survive, and Mitch captures these skills and teaches them to us in his book. We may never need these skills; however, Mitch, with his narrative teaching style, makes certain that these skills will not be forgotten.