Jon Ketzner was born in Cumberland, Maryland in the lovely Appalachian foothills. He grew up in Baltimore then graduated from Towson University with a degree in mathematics and went on to a long career as a consulting actuary. For many years, Jon and his family lived in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania before moving back to Cumberland in 1990.
As a recovering actuary and inspired by the Maryland Writers Association’s “Notable Authors” monthly challenges, Jon decided to try his hand at writing and give his left-brain side a rest. He cites as influences: Henry Fielding, Joseph Heller, Gregory McDonald, and Tim Dorsey
Boy girl meet. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Girl elopes with the Minotaur. Just one of the few story plots not to be found in this fun anthology of short stories. Romance, stone cold assassins, skirt chasing noir detectives, guitar heroes, Civil War poltergeists and naked lady holograms. They are all here. And more!
Written in a crisp, wry, comfort- food style by a new, and self-important, author and denizen of the back hollows of Appalachia, these stories are inspired by the works of actual authors who wrote to put food on the table. Unlike, say, Jon Ketzner, the author of this collection.
Get ready for a great read. Each tale is well told and compelling. This anthology is a fine addition to the uniquely American short story literary form. The author promises that the sequel will include a honeymooning Minotaur.