Don Bemis was born, educated, and married in New Mexico. In 1979, he and his wife Lois moved themselves, two children, and a pair of cats to Michigan. Since that time, they have added three children and hosted several generations of cats. The kids grew up, moved away, and began to multiply. Cats, for all their independent reputation, hang around. They are not allowed to multiply, as there are plenty of foster cats in this world.
Don works in engineering and plays in music, woodworking, and writing. He preaches on occasion (usually in the county jail, but not as a resident), and has served on the South Haven City Council.
His debut novel, Heavens to Louie, began as a dream that became a short story. Count Otto’s Dragon originated as a deliberately wretched opening sentence for submittal to the Bulwer-Lytton competition for deliberately wretched opening sentences, but it was never submitted and has since been made less wretched. Both times, Lois said, “Now turn it into a book.”
Don is occasionally teachable. He started his third book before Lois could tell him to. Mary in Transit was released just before Christmas 2010.
So he had done a contemporary novel, a medieval farce, and a historical novel. What next? Well, he likes mysteries, trains, and the Southwest. Dead Aggies Don’t Drive Trains, his first crack at self-publishing, was released late in 2011.
He also writes short stories and commentaries on Bible themes. He may eventually write a sequel to Heavens to Louie if he can cook up enough silliness, but Dead Aggies beat it to the punch in the short run. Stay tuned.