This is the story about a small group of people who are in front of us fourteen to eighteen years of our lives. This is a story about teachers. We think we know them, but mostly all we know is an image. Set in a suburban high school, the story focuses upon the lives of teachers beyond the classroom as the reader follows them into their lounge, their relationships, their pasts and their secrets. The Private Lives of Teachers is the story of fourteen Payson High School social studies teachers, an eclectic group with unique and troubling backgrounds, struggling with the basic needs, demands, and issues of life. Follow them for one full year and discover their world beyond the classroom.
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My dream of writing has been with me since high school but for years it remained dormant. Over the years I've had a lot of dreams and many of them came true. I dreamed of designing and building my own house and I did. I dreamed of learning to fly and I did. Finally as I settled into retirement I realized the time had come when I had to write or shelve the dream. Several years ago in the dead of winter, I wrote a two-act play about the private side of teachers. After finishing the play, I set it aside and wrote a second play about six residents in a nursing home waiting for death. I was making the dream come true but it was only part way, as I always wanted to write a novel. That's when I decided to expand the first play into a novel, giving me a chance to delve deeper into some of the characters and moving the story beyond the teachers' lounge. That play became the basis for my first novel, "The Private Lives of Teachers." I chose to write about teachers because I am one but more importantly I wanted a play and a novel that focused on their lives and struggles and not the usual "teacher saves student" story.
A friend asked me what it was like writing a novel. I replied that it reminded me of the first house that I built. It was exciting but it was work, hard work. Once it was finished all I wanted to do was sit back and enjoy the house. That's when the second guessing started as I looked about and realized a door here instead of there would have been better or a window over there instead of here would give more light and so forth. And you know where all the mistakes are located. (Forty-five years later that house still stands and I think it is one of the nicest in town.) That's how I feel about my novel. I want to sit back and enjoy it but I've started second guessing about how it might have been better if I had only yadda, yadda, yadda.
Please be forewarned that this story is "R" rated for language and sexual scenes.About the Author:
Mr. Wellman is a retired teacher who spent thirty-five years teaching high school psychology and sociology. He lives with his wife, Ellie, in Elk Grove Village, a suburb northwest of Chicago. “Private Lives” is his first novel. When he’s not writing, he’s golfing, and until recently, teaching people to fly.
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Book Description iUniverse, Inc., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0595427251
Book Description iUniverse, Inc., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0595427251
Book Description iUniverse, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 348 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.86 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk0595427251