Herb Nordmeyer – Author
Herb Nordmeyer is an accomplished storyteller. His stories will make you laugh even as they tug at your heartstrings.
Herb dreamed of being a writer, but his elementary school teachers told him that he would never be able to craft a decent sentence. Consequently, Herb explored a number of other career paths while he wrote part-time. His editors told him not to give up his day job.
During November 1941, as Japanese diplomats were talking peace in Washington and their military was preparing to attack Pearl Harbor, a decision was made to dispatch Herb to the United States. His specific assignment would be in Texas even though he was not yet fluent in English. We will leave Herb’s wartime activities to your imagination. It is enough to know that he survived with only a few scars. He kept such a low profile that only a few people knew he was in Texas during that time.
After the war, Herb remained in Texas and began to speak passable English. By 1947, he was actively pursuing his dream of becoming a test pilot for a prototype aircraft. On June 23 of that year, his career suddenly ended. The complete story of Herb’s days as a test pilot will soon be available in the children’s e-book, The Last Flight of the X-SP-13-5-D.
Since so many people were writing what Herb considered to be fiction and placing it in nonfiction books, Herb decided to set the record straight. When he was in his late 30s, Herb began to collect his own stories for publication. His siblings were justifiably furious when they reviewed a draft copy of his first book, because they thought he was picking on them. That book was privately published, and only a few copies remain in existence. Herb recently updated the original book and expanded it. In 2012, it was republished as Animals I Have Hated. The book is a collection of true and often humorous animal stories that are interwoven with life lessons. Herb plans to publish it as an e-book during 2014.
Herb began writing devotions for a church publication in 1996. It only took a few years before he was in charge of the devotion writing team. His wife, Judy, edited everything Herb wrote before anyone else saw it, so others concluded that his writing was improving.
Then cancer moved into their home and set up housekeeping, so Herb and Judy started writing devotions about cancer. They have published two booklets related to living with cancer. Those booklets are titled We Heard the Wings of Angels and Cancer–An Intense House Guest. In 2013, Herb and Judy combined the booklets into an e-book titled Living With Cancer–That Intense House Guest. To download a free copy, go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340924.
Since retiring from corporate America, Herb has divided his time between consulting, leading wilderness kayaking tours, and writing serious books with a sense of humor.
In 2012, Herb published The Stucco Book–The Basics. Even if Herb was not already known as a leading authority in the field of stucco, this book would have established him as one. He is working on a second volume, The Stucco Book–Forensics & Repairs, and anticipates publishing it in late 2014. The third book in the series will be The Stucco Book–Creative Stuccoing.
Mentoring his granddaughters is also vital part of Herb’s lifework. His granddaughters ask Herb questions, and he answers them, no matter how difficult those questions might be. Recently, Herb and two of his granddaughters decided to collect their questions and his answers into an e-book titled Grandpa, Help!–Answers to Questions a Young Lady Would Never Ask Her Parents. This seemed like a good idea until they realized how many questions and answers they had generated. It now looks like Herb and his granddaughters will publish 10 or 11 e-books. The first volume was published in April 2013. The second volume, Grandpa, Help! –Dating, has made it through the editing process and is being formatted for publication.
Herb and his granddaughter, Sylvia, have also published Grandpa Helps Grandparents, which is designed to help other grandparents develop strong bonds with their own grandchildren.
Since starting to work in Haiti Herb has published Homes for Jubilee (Jubilee is one of the worst slums in Haiti), Kay pou Jubilee, the Haitian Creole version, and Quality Concrete from Crap.
A Little More about Herb
As a final note, it is helpful to recognize that when Herb writes, he always tells the truth; however, he sometimes allows the clarifying details to emerge slowly. For example, Herb’s dispatch to Texas was in fact his birth in November 1941, and his brief career as a test pilot took place at a very young age. After all, Herb has been told that a writer’s biography should never be boring.