My father-in-law passed away last week after a battle with cancer. We will miss him terribly, but we’re also glad he is no longer suffering. He was a wonderful man, one of the kindest people I ever knew. He was always so encouraging about my writing, long before I was published, always telling me that I should never give up. And even though he was more a Tom Clancy reader than a romance reader, he bought every book I wrote and had me autograph it to him.
I met him at my first job out of college, which is also where I met my husband. I was a lowly junior accountant and he was Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing, but he always treated me with respect. He was a soft-spoken man, originally from Norway. He came to the US in the late fifties, and though he had graduated with an engineering degree from a college in Sweden, the only job he could get here was as a teacher’s assistant at Stanford University. The professor was so impressed with him, he helped my father-in-law get a scholarship, and he eventually graduated from Stanford. All this while supporting a wife and four sons! He was very smart, always having the answer to any question. I enjoyed our talks over the years. When he retired, he moved to Hawaii, so we didn’t see him as often, but we always had a place to stay over there.
We lost him too soon. I am grateful that we were able to see him just a couple of weeks ago in Hawaii and that our Norwegian cousins were able to spend time with him also. Per, we’ll miss you and will always think of you fondly.
The Principal’s Office is out 2/7, but I decided to blog about my father-in-law instead. I’ll be back with more on the book next week. I’m also doing several blogs. Please see the list under Upcoming Releases & Blogs. Sinful and Saucy Reviews is doing a contest for two copies of The Principal’s Office, so don’t miss out: http://www.saucyandsinfulreviews.com/2012/02/conversation-contest-with-author-of.html