Local author Margaret C. (Peg) Berkhousen visits Ottawa Hills Elementary School January 16 to talk about writing and her Komodo book trilogy aimed at young readers. Mrs. Berkhousen also is the mother of Ottawa Hills resident Jen Muse and grandmother of high school students Connor and Evan Muse.
Mrs. Berkhousen will meet with students in grades 3-6 to talk about writing, and the first two books of her Komodo Trilogy. The first book, Curse of the Komodo, was aimed at readers in grades sixth through eighth and released in August 2017 by her publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. The second, 90% Human, was released in August 2018 in both print and E-book. The third book in the trilogy, Return to Komodo Island, is planned for release this year.
To prepare for her visit, many students in grades 3-6 have been reading her first book. Copies of her first two books will be available for purchase before and the day of her visit. Order forms went home with students this week.
Mrs. Berkhousen graduated from Three Rivers High School in southwest Michigan and Borgess School of Nursing in Kalamazoo. As a registered nurse, she found many opportunities to integrate writing with her nursing career. She won a Michigan Nurse Writer of the Year Award for an article on using journalism therapy with a patient who was on the USS Hornet when it was sunk by the Japanese during World War II.
While in staff development at St. Joseph Mercy (Pontiac, Michigan), Mrs. Berkhousen wrote, produced, and directed staff training videos that were published by J.B. Lippincott, New York; the videos won awards at the American Journal of Nursing Film Festival. Many can be found in hospital libraries around the world. She also was scriptwriter and associate producer for “Lincoln…In His Own Words,” a project for Lincoln Life Insurance Company. The video was narrated by actor Hal Holbrook.
On faculty for Trinity International Health Services, Mrs. Berkhousen provided management training and consultation to Franciscan Sisters at Mater Dei Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
She ended her nursing career as director of clinical services for Trinity Home Health Services and now writes full time. She hopes to continue volunteering at The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, where she once interviewed a visiting Komodo!
For more information about M.C. Berkhousen, visit her website.