By Ingrid Howard
After spending the past couple of decades waking up early and writing before work, 83-year-old Liberty Park resident Herb Sanders has finally finished his first novel.
“Destiny’s Resolve” is a 329-page book about reconnecting with a long lost love. The book is also packed with action and adventure, even going into the South American jungle. Herb’s son, Terry, said this book is more than just a romance novel.
“I don’t read any books,” he said. “But that one was a good read. And I’m not being partial, because if I read a book, and it doesn’t keep my attention, I’m going to put it down. I don’t care who wrote it.”
Herb didn’t have much of a background in writing — although he was the editor of his high school newspaper. He also did some technical writing for his job in engineering, but his full time job was as a real estate broker.
“I got up at five o’clock in the morning to start writing,” Herb said. “Everyday I pushed.”
After he finished writing, he would go to work at his full-time job. He wasn’t able to sit on the computer all day and finish his work, so it took him about 10 to 15 years to finish Destiny’s Resolve.
“I was impressed with his perseverance,” said Herb’s other son, Tommy. “I think it’s tremendous that he had that kind of perseverance over a long time.”
He retired last year and was able to put his finishing touches on the book. He got it published a couple of months ago, and now he is gearing up for his book signing. He’s working on his next novel, but he said he hopes this one doesn’t take nearly as long as the first one did.
Those who are interested in reading Herb’s first novel can order the book online at Amazon or visit the book signing event at Barnes and Noble at The Summit on May 19.