Jerry O’Rourke is among that crop of writers born before 1946 who took up writing in his golden years.
He was appreciative of others before him, particularly those from the greatest generation, the brave men and women who didn’t hesitate to answer the call and ended up in places like the Netherlands and France during the Second World War.
Coming from the town of Springhill, NS, in 1958 he, too, had to leave home. He ended up enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), where he received electronics training specializing in air communications and navigation repair. A dozen or so years later, he was employed by Transport Canada, where he learned the art of communicating.
Jerry retired from the federal government in 1996, after which he contracted to mentor new federal inspectors, putting his writing skills to the test. About a year before the start of his first manuscript, Amelia’s Messages, he wrote a few short chapters for a children’s story titled Four Crows and a Seagull. That story is buried inside his old computer waiting to be resurrected one of these days, although, he’s quite sure there will be a number of changes required.