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  Donald W Albertson           

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A life-long fiction lover. My favorite authors are: John Updike, John Irving, Ian McEwan and Nelson DeMille.


Background Information

I was born and raised in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. I graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in history, and did graduate work in history and ancient languages at Temple University and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

 

After serving in the military and finishing school, I worked in business, engineering and with the United States Postal Service. Upon retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, I founded an online antiquarian bookstore, Riverfront Books, specializing in modern first editions.

 

My love of literature led me to write my first novel, “Catch a Rising Star: The Adult Game of Youth Sports.” This is the first piece of adult fiction to portray the mind-set of the obsessed youth sports parent, showing his desires, motivations, and often, sad results.

 

As a youth sports coach in soccer and softball, I was amazed by the lengths obsessed parents would go to drive their children to sports glory, or into the ground. I found that when parents’ expectations were not met, sports rage would take over, often resulting in violence. I combined my experience as a coach who witnessed parental sports rage, with interviews from other parents, coaches and children to get their perspectives and experiences on the issue. I had also served as program commissioner for the Cinnaminson (N.J.) Girls Soccer Club and representative to the South Jersey Girls Soccer League.

 

I often speak at events on the topic of sports rage and violence in sports and other youth activities. I currently live near Philadelphia with my wife, Carolyn. We enjoy traveling and book collecting. For more information, please visit: www.donaldwalbertson.com

 

Additional Information

I am currently working on a suspense novel about two brothers, one good, one evil. They go into business together marketing the good brother's security software. The evil brother keeps pulling his younger brother deeper into his schemes and then tries to leave him to hang for his evil doings. With no way out, the good brother confides in his wife, who uses her skills as a forensic accountant to try and bail him out of all this trouble. But, the list of those involved is long and full of power brokers. Her accounting experience will not be enough to get her husband out of this tangled web.



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