89-year-old publishes first novel -- my dad!

Jeff Nelson, Founder | 05/29/11

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It's never too late to follow your dream!

My 89-year-old dad just had his his first novel published -- after a distinguished career as creative director of a San Francisco ad agency, Business Week editor, freelance writer and gumball entrepreneur.

The novel, entitled "On the Volcano," set in the 1800s, follows Katie, a 14-year-old girl.  Katie and her widowed father have always lived on their own, high up in a place few intruders would dare approach: alongside the crater of a collapsed volcano. They've built a simple but happy life for themselves, far from the frontier perils of the world below - until a long-promised birthday trip to the rough-and-tumble town of Badwater takes an ugly turn and brings the outside world much too close. With it comes grave danger and unimaginable loss, but also something Katie had barely dreamed possible for herself: a heart-pounding but tender romance, the kind to build a life on.

From a recent review:  "This debut novel will have widespread appeal with young adult readers who like their frontier justice complemented by a touch of relationship drama - or vice versa." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

It's a great story, well written and evokes the terrain and personalities of the era...and could make a wonderful movie!

And I'm not just saying this cause my dad wrote it!

Below are the front page of the local paper where my folks live, The Marin Independent Journal, as well as the Lifestyle section -- that's a shot of my dad there!  You can read the Independent Journal interview of my dad by clicking here.

CLICK HERE to purchase a copy of the book from AMAZON.COM.

One more thing -- my father had polio in the 1950's.  He had a complete recovery, but in the past 8 years or so, he has been afflicted with post-polio syndrome, which affects his strength and dexterity. As a result of no longer being able to type on a keyboard, my father had to learn to write using a dictation program, and wrote this entire novel using only his voice. Do you know how much determination it takes to DICTATE a book, and edit it with your voice?

I'm so very proud of my dad!






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Your Dad looks great!


Congrats to your Dad, wonderful achievement at any age!


What a huge inspiration your Dad is!! Congrats!!


What an inspiration! It just goes to show that you really never are too old to pursue your dreams!


This is beyond endearing. To long life!


Your Dad sounds like an incredible person and a great role model. I enjoyed reading about him.

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