Tim Pelkey is married and the father of two. He lives in Michigan. The Baljuna Covenant is his first novel. He is currently working on his second novel, The Ottoman Excursion.
The reason I write is the love for books that I developed as a boy. Our family used to vacation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There was a small store, now closed, where they sold paperbacks at garage sale prices. I remember buying handfuls of books and spending my weeks on Green Bay reading. I was mesmerized by the classics: The Three Musketeers, Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, Robin Hood, and Tom Sawyer. As I grew older, I read espionage: Frederick Forsythe, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy. I read science fiction. I read Michael Crichton.
I spent most of my childhood in Indiana and Illinois. After high school, I obtained an engineering degree from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Afterward, I worked for a year at Saturn Corporation. Deciding the corporate world wasn’t for me, I studied for the MCAT and subsequently attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where I was so fortunate as to meet my wife Leslie. We went to the University of Virginia for our residencies. Leslie completed hers in internal medicine. I finished a residency and fellowship in pathology, serving as chief resident for two years. We have since practiced in western Michigan, where we have raised our two children.
In my writing, I strive to combine my love for a good story with my technical background. But history has somehow become a major theme in all of my novels. All three that I have completed or begun working on were inspired by biographies. In the case of The Baljuna Covenant, it was Jack Weatherford’s and John Man’s biographies on Genghis Khan. For The Ottoman Excursion, it was reading biographies on Atatürk—most notably the one written by Andrew Mango. In my third novel (which is still in the outline stage), it was American Promethius: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, written by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin.
There are countless great books out there and a limited amount of time. If you choose to read mine, I hope you enjoy.
Tim Pelkey, December 2016
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