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About Charles van Becelaere
I began writing stories back when my handwriting (OK, printing) was still legible. Stories of pet turtles and the like are still in a scrapbook somewhere, awaiting interest in a collection of my pre-publication oeuvre.
Somewhere in the folders and files, there's a very Harold-and-the-Purple-Crayon-ish almost picture book that I wrote when my son was quite young titled Christian and His Magic Guitar. (Hmm. That may be worth finding and prepping.)
At any rate, storytelling has been part of my life for as long as I can remember understanding words.
Anyway, thanks to NaNoWriMo (yes, National Novel Writing Month), I discovered that I still had a bit of that old creativity in me, and pulled out a decades-old novel (started and dropped in the early 80s) as a starting point.
That effort grew into my first novel: Bytes Akimbo - Cybersleuth; a rollicking romp around the world and out of it.
The relative success of that book led me to think I might write something that wasn't merely amusing, but rather was actually a pretty good novel, and I believe I succeeded with a later NaNoWriMo project which became A Rune With A View.
Between those two, I managed to edit and republish my great-great-grandfather's Civil War memoir, An Adventure With Guerrillas (by Ethelbirt Crouse).
If you're interested, there's a facebook page dedicated to these and other writings and creations here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-van-Becelaere/388128827939757
Also, my blog feed from http://grandteuton.blogspot.com seems to get bogged down on this page, so you may want to just go there directly.
That quiet life changes when Charleroi is invaded by Vikings … or rather by biker Viking wannabes intent on enjoying the Summer season on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Jerry finds a new friend among all those new folks in town, and once he’s met Karl, he begins finding other things – notes, poems, books – and having and remembering dreams that feel more real than life.
Karl invites Jerry on a trip to visit a friend in Winnipeg – Jerry's friend, Barbara, joins them along the way – and Jerry finds himself the object of a sort of reverse quest. It seems as though Jerry is being sought by the Grail to heal a centuries-old rift within the secret order which has served and protected it and the Spear since the days of Joseph of Arimathea.
Now Jerry has to decide if he can decide – and if so, what will it mean to his friends' futures?