Dave Gehrke was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, MN by German-Irish parents. Dave credits his mixed heritage to his somewhat schizophrenic personality. As Dave puts it "I've always been confused as to whether I should be having fun (the Irish side) and feeling guilty about not working hard, or working hard (the German side) and feeling guilty about not having fun. So I eventually turned to writing. It's hard, fun work."
Since concentrating on his writing Gehrke has turned out three mystery novels and a popular anthology of his best newspaper columns.
"Goodbye Ginny Madison" was a Top Five Finalist in Amazon's 2013 Breakout Novel Contest and according to Publisher's Weekly "pulls off a rare feat - an original mystery paired with sharp dialog and sun unforgettable cast of characters."
"Brogan's Island", a mystery thriller set in the wilds of northern Minnesota, represents the "hard-working" side of the writing coin for Dave. Three years of meticulously crafting "Brogan" yielded 586 (printed) pages of twisted plots, ghosts, serial killers and interesting life-like characters that will leave the reader guessing right up to the end.
His anthology, "A Shiver Runs Through It", reflects Dave's "fun" side. A collection of humorous stories stemming from Dave's time as a newspaper columnist and his struggles dealing with Minnesota winters, "Shiver" will have even snowbirds laughing in the dead of winter.
Dave's third mystery "The Naughty Librarian" is entered in the 2014 Amazon Breakout Novel Contest and currently listed in the top 100 mystery novels. The Top Five will be announced in June, 2014.
His fourth novel, "Silently Forever" will debut later in 2014.
An award-winning high school history and economics teacher, Dave retired from public education as a school superintendent. He's also owned and operated several businesses including a real estate brokerage, a weekly newspaper and a computer tech support company. "I've spent a lifetime observing real people in real settings; some pleasant, some not so pleasant," Dave explains with a hint of German stoicism. "Those observations are what I use to create my characters." Then with an Irish grin he adds, "I guess you could say I've been training to become a novelist my entire life."