Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and eighty-fifth, is of multi-genre author Sam Sackett who guested last year. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Sam Sackett has had a varied career in his 86 years. Along the way he has published both fiction (novels and short stories) and non-fiction. After getting his Ph.D. In English from UCLA, Sackett taught in a university in Kansas for 23 years before burning out. He tried for a year to make it as a freelance writer and failed; then he successively worked for a newspaper, an advertising agency, and a public relations firm. Deciding that he had become an expert on career change, he spent the next 15 years in the career management field, advising clients how to find jobs. In 2003 he retired and moved with his wife to her native Thailand; six years later they returned to the United States, and he published several books he had written earlier.
During Sam’s professorial career he produced a collection of Kansas Folklore, co-edited with William E. Koch; Cowboys and the Songs They Sang, named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the fifteen best children’s books of its year; a critical study of Kansas novelist E.W. Howe in the Twayne United States Authors Series; and The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, a translation of De Man Die Zijn Haar Kort Liet Knippen by the Flemish novelist Johan Daisne. He received an award from the Belgian government for his translations of Flemish literature. Mr Sackett also published several essays and poems. From his years as a career counselor came Career Karate: How to Keep Your Job While Everybody Else Is Losing Theirs.
Since 2009 Sam has published five novels: Sweet Betsy from Pike, a historical novel of the California gold rush; The Robin Hood Chronicles, a fictional biography based on the earliest ballad sources; Adolf Hitler in Oz, a comic fantasy satire; Huckleberry Finn Grows Up, a sequel to Mark Twain’s classic novel; and Rabbi Yeshua, a fictional biography of Jesus of Nazareth. He has also published two collections of short stories about Thailand, Through Farang Eyes and Snapshots of Thailand, and one collection of stories about a college town in the Midwest, Chamberlain Stories. Two biographies by Mr Sackett have also been privately published, The Sage of Potato Hill, about E.W. Howe, and Scalawag, about John N. Reynolds.
And now from the author himself: