|Local Author Beats the Odds|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00|
What are the odds that a retired dentist could write a novel at the age of 80?
Step front and center Dr. David Bone, a Tipp City resident since 2008, who overcame the odds through sheer determination.
Affection ally known around town as "Doc Bone," now 83 years old, he took more than a year and a half to write "Fear Comes Quickly," a novel published in 2011 by Clay Bridges Publishing of Troy.
A graduate of Xenia High School, Miami University and Ohio State University School of Dentistry, Bone practiced dentistry at his Vandalia office from 1958-1998.
"After retiring, I made several short-term overseas mission trips to Russia, Romania, Columbia, El Salvador and one to Jamaica," Bone said. "These trips were a real highlight of my life."
Having never written anything more than a letter or a prescription for medicine, he started took on the challenge of writing a book based on a bad dream.
"I woke up, got a notebook and started writing while it was fresh and clear in my mind," Bone said. "I started around 6 a. m. and wrote until 9 or 10 at night."
After many revisions on his rough draft, he knew he needed a "book doctor," as he put it.
Enter Rebecca McFarland, who was then a student at Sinclair Community.
"She had writing skills beyond me," Bone said. "With her writing skills and my literary needs, we became a match made in heaven."
Sparked by the support of Orma, his wife of 60 years, David Bone pursued his dream of polishing and finishing his book.
His 230-page softback book titled "Fear Comes Quickly" was published a tad more than a year ago. It includes characters based on real-life people known by the author. "But all the names are changed," he said.
Written in the first person, the plot follows a group of people residing in Target City who want to take a tour of the new factory in town that is secluded behind a barbed wire fence. However, while waiting in the facility's lobby, the worst thing happens unfortunately.
A group of terrorists at the factory holds them captive at a factory cell. Their intense experiences under the interrogation of a ruthless dictator are at the core of the book. And so is their persistent quest for an ultimate escape and freedom.
Bone's goal is to promote the book. He has made several appearances at area book clubs.
"I'm available, if and when I get the calls to visit and talk about my book," he said. "I'll be glad to talk before any group."
For more information, visit Clay Bridges Communications & Publishing, 300 S. Ridge Ave, Troy.
AFTERTOUGHTS: A brief memorial to his late daughter, Rebecca Pelfrey of Vandalia, appears at the front of the book.
A seven-part book discussion guide is included in the book
The 26 chapters capped off by the final chapter called "Reunion."
A feature on Dr. David Bone is also included.
The cover and interior barbed wire design was created by Melissa Leembruggen.
Check with Amazon.com for more information about buying the book.