Ok, so first off, thank you for being interested enough to have made your way to this page. Or perhaps you’re just a careless clicker – I still thank you.
I’m still trying to figure out this whole author/self-publisher/self-promoter/blogger/platform thing. I guess I just want to start by opening the door to any questions or feedback any readers might have on me or my novel Hearts Left Behind. There was a short article (“article” seems generous…blurb maybe?) in a local paper this past week that provides some of that background info. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The lingering effects of a personal tragedy inspired Derek Rempfer to write his first novel.
His new novel, “Hearts Left Behind,” was inspired in part by the unexpected death of his son in 1998.
“Hearts Left Behind” was released as an e-book on July 15. Rempfer describes the 195-page book as a literary mystery inspired by personal events as well as the real-life murders of Melissa Ackerman of Somonauk and Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville in the 1980s. Brian Dugan, serving a life sentence, was convicted of both girls’ murders.
So, yeah, that’s all true. The topics are tragic, the tone is nostalgic. It’s certainly a sad story, but my hope is that readers will walk away with a sense of connectedness (I think that’s a real word). We are a community of mourners. My hope is that the sorrows found within Hearts Left Behind are ultimately overshadowed by an undercurrent of faith and perseverance that flows through the story.