Oak Crest's F. de Sales Meyers Authors First Novel

PARKVILLE, MD---When F. de Sales Meyers was a youngster, he dreamed of playing his trumpet in front of live audiences. But when his brother gave him a book authored by William Saroyan, a new career path was launched. "At that moment, I fell in love with reading," described Mr. Meyers, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville.  His passion for the written word spurred a professional life in public affairs and journalism. At age 88, it also resulted in the publishing of his first novel, That Rainy Day (via Baldwin, MD-based Abecedarian Books, Inc.). After growing up in the small Western Maryland town of Lonaconing, Mr. Meyers was drafted into the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific submarine group during World War II.  Upon returning home, the GI Bill offered him the opportunity to attend Boston University, where he earned a BS National Scholastic Key from the School of Journalism. Mr. Meyers served as the public information officer for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, where he formed relationships with news rooms across the state.  His freelance work appeared on the op-ed pages of The Baltimore Sun, Evening Sun and Sunday Sun Magazine and in the Saturday Evening Post. Upon moving to Oak Crest, he put the press releases and technical writing aside to venture into creative writing.  Mr. Meyers registered for a course at Oak Crest offered by Alan Reese, adjunct professor at Towson University and owner of Abecedarian Books. Mr. Reese evaluated his short stories and eventually published Mr. Meyers' first book, The Slow Creek and Other Stories, in 2011. Then came That Rainy Day, his first fictional novel.  Set in Baltimore, it chronicles the life of a young woman, Veronica Adamo, who becomes ensnared with the tragedy of her mother's mysterious death.  Compounding her difficult life is her involvement with a shady musician entangled in danger. "The book has been described as a lyrical drama," noted Mr. Meyers.  "I truly enjoy the challenge of writing fiction.  Whether it's in music or writing, there is nothing like creative expression." Mr. Meyers had a unique way of organizing his thoughts during the year it took to pen the novel.  "I would think about the plot during the day.  Before sleeping at night, I'd place a shoe at the foot of my bed.  In the morning, I'd step on the shoe, and the scenes would come to me," said Mr. Meyers.  "It was then time to write." That Rainy Day is available on Amazon.