The reason I write is the love for books I developed as a boy. Our family would 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 loved it.
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. In Ann Arbor, I was fortunate to meet my wife Leslie. We went to the University of Virginia for our residencies and have since practiced in western Michigan, where we’ve raised our two children.
In my writing, I strive to combine my love for a good story with my technical background. But history has also 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, The JIVA Protocol, 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, April 2020
APRIL 2017 MLIVE ARTICLE