The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 14, 2013

Author bases book in Danville

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE —– A Danville native has written a science fiction work with a sequel to her novel set in Danville expected to be published soon.

Holly Fox Vellekoop’s new book “Watching Corona: From Our Dimension to Yours” debuted as a paperback at Amazon Books. Her fourth work to be published, it is also available as an eBook.

She expects the second book in a series, based in Danville, to be published before the end of the year. It is titled “Teen Lovers: Murder Along the River.” It is a fictional novel about the murders of two high school seniors, of the Class of 1955, at Danville’s F.Q. Hartman Athletic Field in 1954.

“I have two more completed sequels set in Danville to be published plus I’m writing a humorous book for people of all ages and a non-fiction about people who inspire others,” said Vellekoop who lives in Palm Bay, Fla. She is also a poet, columnist and speaker.

Her science fiction book tells of brilliant Grace Bond and her genius child Corona as they struggle with visions and apparitions of creatures of the night. Vellekoop touches on the idea of humans abducted by aliens and creatures from other worlds visiting earth regularly.

When Grace appears to have died after childbirth, Corona forages and observes her “nighttime family” where hybrid humans are captured and drift to a zero point field. Corona enters this dimension where friends, foes and much more are harbored.

Vellekoop expects to hold a book signing for “Corona” and her latest murder sequel next year in the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville.

Her first novel, “Stone Haven: Murder Along the River,” is available on Amazon as are her previous books. That fictional murder mystery is set in Danville and Riverside with well-known sites mentioned such as the Beaver library. The book is about a lieutenant uncovering secrets of Danville while reopening a cold case about a famous psychopathic artist and the murder of several little girls.

Vellekoop also wrote and framed a poem about the library she presented to the library.

Her other books are “Justice and Revenge” and “How to Help When Parents Grieve,” also available through Amazon.

Her book about grief received the Book of the Year Award in 2010 for non-fiction from Books & Authors. It was also nominated in the non-fiction category for a 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

“Justice and Revenge” is about trying to gain justice when a family’s loved one has been harmed or murdered and the justice system has left them down.

The 1965 Danville graduate wrote the book about grief after her son, William Brandon Seidel, died. The work contains 27 stories about parents she interviewed whose children died.

Married to Dr. Ronald Vellekoop and a resident of Florida for nearly 10 years, she holds a master of science in nursing, worked as a psychiatric nurse and later taught nursing at Penn College and on the Geisinger Medical Center campus for Penn State.

She writes the advice column “Dear Grandma” for a senior life newspaper and is a founding member of Authors for Authors which sponsors two book fairs a year for writers in Florida. She is a member of the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard promoting teen authors through a writing competition and of the Space Coast Writers Guild and National League of Pen Women.

She has a son, Dr. Brian Seidel, of California, and six grandchildren.

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