Personal tragedies inspire local man’s first novel
DeKALB – The lingering effects of a personal tragedy inspired Derek Rempfer to write his first novel.
“I always waited for something to motivate me and drive me to write,” the DeKalb resident said. His new novel, “Hearts Left Behind,” was inspired in part by the unexpected death of his son in 1998.
“Hearts Left Behind” was released as an e-book on July 15. Rempfer describes the 195-page book as a literary mystery inspired by personal events as well as the real-life murders of Melissa Ackerman of Somonauk and Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville in the 1980s. Brian Dugan, serving a life sentence, was convicted of both girls’ murders.
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