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Sietsema debuts first book; The Curse of the Vassal Fruit


December 12, 2018

"It's exciting." Erik Siestsema has just received the first boxes full of his book and is looking forward to Saturday December 15th 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM for the official book reveal and reading at Craig Edwards Art Gallery in Big Sandy. He'll be reading a sample from his book at 2:00 and at 4:00. Come help him celebrate and support him as an author and purchase a great children's book for Christmas. Erik can't wait to personally sign "The Curse of the Vassal Fruit" for community friends. Copies will be available can be purchased for $12. The Kindle edition is available on Amazon at If you have any questions, call 399-3803.

Erik's book is full of pop culture references, little jokes, and absurdities the adults will enjoy. The story line is for children, but written with Erik's sensibilities. His favorite author is Terry Pratchett. He's best known for his Discworld series of 41 books. Pratchett's work is also noted as a comical fantasy. He served as an inspiration for Erik.

He wrote The Curse of the Vassal Fruit first for his children. It is a kid's adventure book, but his greatest compliment, came from his wife, Jessica, who has proofread the book 4-5 times, and just finished reading it again and said, "Erik this is a just a great book." He has already started to write a second book for the series and has also started The Curse of the Vassal Fruit audio book.

He learned to love books from his parents and he mentioned his brother also reads books ferociously. He hopes to instill his love of story to his children. He writes almost every day. He uses a quota system and wants to write 2, 000 words a day. But a minimum amount would be at least 500 words just to keep him committed to writing every day.

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