Boyhood Along the Brook Called Horn

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In BOYHOOD ALONG THE BROOK CALLED HORN, William Jeter invites readers to step away from the hectic pace of life and go back with him to a time when no one owned a watch until high school graduation. Jeter’s wit and imagination shine through ten vignettes that capture a variety of mischievous childhood capers. Numerous detailed sketches, which accompany every vignette, enable readers to visualize all of the fascinating locations and intriguing inventions of Bill’s childhood in the quiet California mountain town of Hornbrook in the ’40s. Men and women alike will get lost in their own remembering of childhood adventures as they laugh and cry with Bill, and children will not only be inspired to creative play, but will long to hear their parents’ and grandparents’ stories of the past.

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What does it take to discover a hidden passion like writing? For Bill Jeter, all it took was a counselor’s probing inquiry about a scene in his childhood. She asked him to work through grief by writing about a painful childhood experience—his little sister’s death after falling off of her bicycle. The counselor had no idea that opening the wound would facilitate Bill’s discovery of a world of joyful memories underneath the sadness. As soon as his very sharp #2 pencil hit the paper, exciting recollections of his Huck Finn childhood seemed to call out from the depths for expression.

Bill went from writing about his little sister to composing hilarious mosaics drawn from childhood adventures that he and his friends engaged in to amuse themselves during those innocent years when he thought kids weren’t supposed to die.

Surprised by the powerful, life-giving force of writing about people and places that impacted his growing up years, Bill enthusiastically shared his stories with these long-time friends. Their positive feedback encouraged him to share his artfully crafted stories with a wider audience, which led to greater demand for his book.

Bill’s passion for adventure and for the great out-of-doors, as evidenced in the ten vignettes in BOYHOOD ALONG THE BROOK CALLED HORN, did not stop in childhood. Over the years he pursued backpacking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skydiving, flying lessons, and art lessons. Ever eager to answer the call to a challenge, at the age of 50, Bill started serious mountain climbing. All of this was in addition to his years as a successful businessman (including 27 years as a self-employed State Farm agent), a Sunday School teacher, and a Boy Scout leader. A dedicated family man, now a widower after 34 years of marriage, Bill enjoys the freedom of retirement which allows him to spend more time with his son, daughter, grandson, and his sister... and his new passion, writing.

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