Danger in Deep Lake is a first novel by Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, writing as Gloria Van. The cozy mystery is set in a small town in rural Minnesota, not far from the metropolis of the state’s Twin Cities. McKenzie Ward left Deep Lake years ago to charter a new course. When the successful New York Realtor learns of her father’s strange death by bee sting, she returns home for answers. Many things have changed while some remain the same. Long buried secrets, submerged deep as the lake itself start to bubble up. They challenge McKenzie’s memories of events and the people she thought she knew so well.
Describing her own life experiences in a unique way, Gloria VanDemmeltraadt’s first book, Musing and Munching, is both a memoir and a cookbook. Her work focuses on drawing out precious memories. As a hospice volunteer, she continues to hone her gift for capturing life stories and has documented the lives of more than a hundred patients. She refined this gift in Memories of Lake Elmo, a collection of remembrances telling the evolving story of a charming village.
Gloria continues her passion to help people capture their life stories, and has brilliantly caught the essence of her husband’s early life in war-torn Indonesia. The paradise of the Dutch East Indies was shattered when Japanese storm troopers poured over the island of Java in March 1942. In Darkness in Paradise, Onno VanDemmeltraadt’s story is touchingly told amid the horrors of war. This work has been praised by Tom Brokaw and has also earned the New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing for 2017 as the Solo Medalist Award for Historical Nonfiction.
The theme of legacy writing continues with her fourth nonfiction book, a clear and concise how-to manual called Capturing Your Story, Writing a memoir step by step. The book capsulizes information shared in numerous classes Gloria has given within the wider Twin Cities area on how to capture personal memories to write a simple collection of stories for family, or as a memoir to be published.
Gloria lives and writes in mid-Minnesota. Contact her through her website: gloriavan.com