I didn’t take writing seriously until I was in my late 50’s, but I suppose it all started in high school when a sweet little English teacher asked me take a test and write a short story. I obliged her just to be nice. A few weeks later, just before graduation, she returned with two scholarships. In 1970 those were quite rare. I was just 17 and couldn’t begin to imagine myself as a writer and never gave it serious consideration. Well, the seed must have been planted and shortly before I retired I began writing for the pure enjoyment of it all, never thinking of publishing the story. When my oldest son got word of it he twisted my arm to get serious about it, clean it up and publish it. I did just that and published the book in late December. Amazon reviews are good and I have had very positive feedback, but it is my first novel and like everyone else, I’m working hard to get the word out.
I’m an avid reader and worked diligently to employ a couple of the aspects of books I have enjoyed, those being well developed characters you can relate to and vivid imagery that draws you right into the moment. Those two elements normally made for good reading and I did my best to incorporate them into my story.
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I’ve long been amazed at how mankind seems to find it impossible to learn the lessons history has to teach. I used that premise as the foundation to my story. Taking many of the lessons history has to teach, I applied them to the current situation in the U.S. to write a fictional story about the downfall of America. The story revolves around the Lang family’s efforts to survive and to rescue a son who is kidnapped and placed in a work camp.