My youngest daughter Jackie, her dog Emma, and I outran hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, 2005, and we settled her in my high school hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas. She decided to complete her college education in a small Missouri city thirty miles east across the Kansas-Missouri line.
On May 22nd, 2011 at 5:34 PM, well within the central city area of fifty thousand residents, she experienced another stunning extreme weather event. The twin-vortexed, EF-5 Joplin tornado missed Jackie and Emma by six blocks as it wallowed homes and humanity into unimaginably-shredded debris.
That did it for my wife Deborah and me – the impact of violent weather was in our faces. Our comments began, and soon developed into long discussions. By late 2011 and early 2012, we increasingly realized our concern had reached – yes – a tipping point. Both retired, we had the time to write, and we did.
Deborah is a thirty-year veteran high school English and literature teacher. Always a stickler for grammar and syntax, and bloodied by countless evenings and weekend hours grading thousands of themes, essays and research papers, she refined our compositions into presentable coherence.
By the summer of 2012, the first of The Imbalanced Atmosphere Chronicles began taking shape as The Kettle Begins To Simmer 2012, and was uploaded to KDP, the Kindle Digital Platform, on December 25, 2012. The Kindle Digital Edition is available at Amazon here. Amazon also offers a free app for reading Kindle books on PCs, which is available here.
The Kettle Begins To Simmer 2012 paperback proofs were finalized and print copies completed May 25, 2013. The paperback Print Editions are available at the Amazon CreateSpace ebook store here.