I’m Gerrit S. Overeem, the author of the Sci-Fi series Second Life of Mr. Hunt. I appreciate you stopping by to get to know a little more about me.
I’m one of those people who can easily disappear into their imagination. I recall writing small stories throughout the years and can remember my seventh grade English teacher telling me that she never had a student write about ninja’s before.
My early influences of Sci-Fi were Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Star Trek and the Bionic Man and Woman. These were shows I’d watch repeatedly and reenact with toys or just my imagination in the backyard.
As I got older, I was labeled a geek\nerd, but it never bothered me. I am who am. I loved meeting up with friends to sit around the table to play Dungeons and Dragons, Twilight 2000, Boot Hill, Gamma World and other tabletop RPG’s.
Around 2010 is when the spark to write a book ignited in me. I went to a large comic con for the first time and some interesting things came from that. I was introduced to the 501st Legion Star Wars Costuming Group, which lead to me building a Stormtrooper and joining the organization, and I met a few authors selling their books. The authors were nice enough to spend time discussing the writing process and I thought how cool it would be to sell my own book at a comic con.
Another year went by and a family member asked me an odd question, “Do you want to be buried or cremated when you die?” It was something I never really thought of. I pondered the question during one of my hour-long drives to and from work and when I was on the idea of cremation my imagination took over and a story appeared. I started adding to the story each day and finally told my wife about it. She said it sounded interesting, reminded me about the authors at the comic con and said I should turn the story into a book.
Next thing you know I’m writing a book. I set three goals for myself at the start: 1) Write a book and publish it 2) Be a vendor at a comic con 3) Have someone I don’t know buy the book and like it. As of writing this author bio I have met all three goals and I enjoyed writing so much, the book will be a series!
My other enjoyments outside of writing include going to Disney with my wife. Without her support I would’ve never started writing. I also have a black belt in Nihon Goshin Aikido, workout, still love playing Dungeons and Dragons, and enjoy my 1970 Red Ford Mustang Fastback and 2007 Grabber Orange Ford Mustang GT.
I look forward to you joining me on my Sci-Fi Adventure!