Author Rod Vick has led an unexpectedly interesting life, winning awards in national short story writing contests, climbing a mountain in bad shoes, running the Boston Marathon, battling a Coca-cola addiction, being chosen Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, sinking a 40-foot putt for bogey, and meeting the President of the United States in the Oval Office.
However, it wasn’t until 2006, that he made a modest mark as a novelist after deciding to try something outside his usual adult sci-fi wheelhouse. He wrote Kaylee’s Choice, primarily aimed at middle readers. Hoping that the self-published book about a struggling ten-year-old dancer would find an audience, he was pleasantly (and, of course, unexpectedly) surprised when it sold over 10,000 copies and spawned a seven-book series. It also led to several serialized novels in national magazines that were later developed into the Dance of Time and Irish Witch book series.
Recently, Mr. Vick has written historical non-fiction and an adult murder whodunit series as well. The success of his novels has led to signings across the country in cities as inviting and lovely as Orlando, Nashville, Kansas City and Minneapolis, as well as cities somewhat less inviting and lovely. When he’s not writing, he runs, dotes upon his Lovely Wife Marsha, wishes for benevolent fairies to come during the night to mow the lawn, and pitches a pretty mean horseshoe.