Kip Koelsch’s debut novel, the epic thriller Wendall’s Lullaby won a silver medal at the Florida Authors and Publishers Association 2018 President’s Book Awards in Orlando on August 4, 2018.
“It’s an honor to earn the respect of my peers,” said Koelsch. “Recognition like this keeps me motivated while I work on the follow-up novel and continue to market Wendall’s Lullaby.”
In Wendall’s Lullaby, hundreds of dolphins have mysteriously beached themselves in Galveston, Texas, and Dr. Angela Clarke is on mission to understand why. The US National Director for Marine Mammal Health and Stranding jets to Texas—unknowingly a pawn in the national security plans of THE FEW.
An intimate group of former military men, THE FEW has infiltrated key positions within the government and orchestrated Dr. Clarke’s appointment—hoping her conservative, by-the-book approach will protect the top secret project a retired admiral sees as a lasting tribute to his dead son.
When more animals hit the beach and an unusually large group of dolphins is spotted massing in the waters of Tampa Bay, Dr. Clarke must rely on an unconventional team—sorting through the ideas of her action-oriented South African beau, the conspiratorial rants of her ex-lover, the innocent insight of a 12-year old boy and the genius of a washed-out MIT grad student —in a race to save a charismatic species loved for its built-in smile.
Wendall’s Lullaby is available for Kindle (and Kindle apps) and as a paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/author/kipkoelsch.
Signed paperback editions of Wendall’s Lullaby can also be purchased at the upcoming events:
Sunday, August 12, 2018: Literature & the Environment: Readings by Tampa Bay Area Authors
Saturday, September 22, 2018: Get Lit Largo: Local Authors Showcase
Largo Public Library
Kip Koelsch got his start writing "books" with crayons in Mrs. Cook's second grade class in Leonardo, NJ. Koelsch's love of dolphins started early as well--nurtured by The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, National Geographic Magazine and the family's vacation trips to the beach at Anna Maria Island, Florida.
In all of his writing, Koelsch draws on his "variety of life experiences"--from time as a collegiate rowing coach to a stint as an adjunct professor in Environmental Studies and from adventure racing in Borneo to dragging a dolphin carcass behind his kayak while a marine mammal stranding network volunteer.
An on-again, off-again freelance magazine writer, Koelsch currently blogs about writing, critical thinking, outdoor adventure sports, paddling and his work in progress. He is working hard on the sequel to Wendall's Lullaby while occasionally scribbling random notes for other future fiction ideas.
Koelsch has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University in NJ and a Master's Degree in Humanities and American Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Currently, Koelsch resides in Dunedin, FL, with his wife and three cats.