Reflecting on the path my life has taken calls to mind the popular song Get Your Kicks on Route 66. It’s been a route of 66 twists and turns, stops and starts. My way has been a circuitous highway. And yes, I got some kicks, as well as a few flat tires, en route to the present stage in my life: writing a blog and authoring books.
I was born in Muskegon, Mich., and moved to Iowa at age 6 when my parents took their own route back to their, well, roots – and stalks (as in corn). High school was a time of turmoil for me, but I nonetheless graduated and entered tiny Central College where, eventually, seven family members matriculated. Though excelling in English throughout my school years, I regarded myself as not smart enough to take Latin in high school, and studied German in college, where a foreign language was required. I earned A’s and, chafing in the college’s religious environment, took a hiatus from my misery before entering Drake University in Des Moines and earning a bachelor’s in German and English. Then it was off to Europe aboard the USS United States, and three months of motorcycle touring and attendance at a Goethe Institute for foreigners learning German. Back in the States, I spent a semester at the University of Iowa, but decided that teaching German would be too sedentary for me. A professor at Central told me I had a flair for writing, and I returned to the university to study journalism after working briefly as a railroad clerk.
My current novel, MURDER IN PALM BEACH: The Homicide That Never Died, rose in the Amazon rankings to No. 1 in the Criminal Procedure category of the Kindle edition, receiving mostly stellar reviews and garnering publicity in about 15 newspapers and magazines. I am excited about my recently completed novel, which is awaiting publication, and anticipate more works in the future.