Greencastle man publishes children's book

Andrea Rose For Echo Pilot
Steve Heske is pictured here

While Steve Heske worked his full-time job, his retirement plan rested in a drawer. For more than two decades, the stack of paper from his dot matrix printer waited to see the light of day. Recently, Heske dug it out of the drawer and tended to it, bringing the 66-page "Detective Simon and the Case of the Mysterious Swoosh-Waggle" to life.

"The inspiration was our 8-year-old daughter," Heske said of his daughter, Alethea, who is now 32.

"I wrote it for 8-year-olds," he said. "I got it out and tweaked it for the grandchildren."

Heske, 59, retired as a district sales manager for the Hershey Co. He and his wife, Robin, live in Greencastle.

After his retirement, one of his first plans was to publish a book.

"I've always liked writing," he said. "I have three novels I want to write and two more children's stories."

His first children's book offers kids a mystery.

"It's a very simple storyline, but it's cute," Heske said.

Without giving away the ending, Heske summed up the work: "It's taking a problem — Susie's wet. Simon has to solve the mystery of how she got wet," he said.

The book aims not only to tell a tale, but to provide a subtle lesson to readers.

"Simon opens a detective stand. He has a goal. He wants to be the greatest detective. He practices his craft," Heske explained. "It teaches the lesson that you can be anything you want to be, but it takes work. It takes practice."

Heske said he hopes to provide children — and the adults who may read to them — entertainment and a positive learning experience.

"It's a thought process," he said. "Maybe they'll slow down and figure out."

The story has been grandchild-approved.

He has three grandchildren, 8-year-old twins, Gavin and Logan, and 4-year-old Ava.

"I'm lucky, I have my own review board," Heske said with a chuckle. "It's 8-year-old approved. And the 4-year-old liked the pictures. To me, that's important."

"Detective Simon and the Case of the Mysterious Swoosh-Waggle" is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or may be ordered through any local book store. Heske will sell and sign books at noon June 3 at Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, Maryland.

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