Three years ago, under the gentle nagging of my amazing daughter Joan Herting, I finished a short story inspired by a strange little pioneer graveyard located in the parking lot of a strip mall out in Aurora called "Bed, Bath and Way Beyond." I had published a non-fiction piece in 2012 and played around with this story idea for years, never finishing it until Joanie reminded me to pick up the pen. That story languished under a dozen rejections, causing me to chalk it up as a fun little one-off until the magazine "Dark Fire Fiction" sent me my first acceptance letter.
That initial story sent me on a whirlwind writing journey, with over 60 short story credits to date, "Whistling Past the Veil" a published collection of short stories, a second collection called "Postcards from Waupaca" to be released in February 2020 and a completed novel called "Wet Birds Don't Fly at Night.". I never realized until recently how much writing has helped me, especially in the tough years since losing my mom. It has been creative therapy, something I never knew I was capable of and I am beyond grateful for it.
Thanks to my family: Chuck Herting, Elizabeth Herting (especially for letting me use our name!), Joan Herting and Charlie Herting. Pamela Engel for her editing expertise and Tj Trolly for giving me a decent website photo and my daughter Joan for her amazing designs!