After working second shift as a machine operator at Marshalltown's Interface Sealing Solutions, Kameron Sawtelle, when inspired, will write from 2 to 4 a.m.
He also works at Taylor's Maid-Rite, but, despite holding two jobs, writing is also a priority.
"I enjoy writing because it gives me an outlet and is my therapy," said the married father of one. "After a long night at work, I can lose myself in my writings."
Horror, romance and coming of age are his subjects.
He credits Marshalltown author Steve Edelman for inspiration.
"Steve has written about horror, which is one of my favorite subjects too," he said.
If You Go ...
What: Local author Kameron Sawtelle's book signing for his second work, "The Tragedy of a Friday Night in April."
When: 7 to 10 p.m., Jan. 19
Where: Fiddle & Whistle Irish Pub, 20 W. Main St., Marshalltown
Contact: www.kamwritesbooks.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or publishamerica.net/products50104html
Sawtelle embarked on his writing career four years ago and has two books to his credit.
His first, "The Homecoming Blackout," was published in 2010, and his newest, "The Tragedy of a Friday Night in April," was finished in 2012.
Both are for sale online from PublishAmerica of Baltimore and at the book signing.
Sawtelle will be celebrating the official release of "Tragedy" with a book-signing event from 7 to 10 p.m. at Marshalltown's Fiddle and Whistle Irish Pub.
"Tragedy" is set in the spring of 1999 and the story of one day in the life of 18-year old Winston Quick, according to Sawtelle.
Quick is a senior, just a few weeks shy of graduation and is struggling, knowing that growing up is inevitable.
There will be more books to write, the Marshalltown High School graduate (class of 2000) said.
"I plan on writing and releasing books until the day I die, and it's all because of the support that I have received from my friends and family members" Sawtelle wrote on his website, kamwritesbooks.com
He has no formal training in literature or writing, but wrote several short stories as a teen.
Sawtelle abandoned writing to pursue a musical career, playing in several bands until 2005.
He came back to writing.
Sawtelle also finishes what he starts.
In January, 2008, Sawtelle began work on "Homecoming."
In March, 2008, principle writing was done, and he shelved the book to focus on the birth of his son in May that year.
Once finished, he submitted his manuscript to PublishAmerica.
Encouraged by their interest, he began planning for "Tragedy."
He is also serious about the official release party for the new book.
Sawtelle said he picked Fiddle & Whistle because he likes to patronize it and knows owner Aaron Buzbee.
After the party Sawtelle will be writing on another project.
When not writing, Sawtelle enjoys watching movies, football, spending time with family, listening to and playing music.
Sawtelle's books can be purchased by visiting publishamerica.net/products50104.html