Kathleen Ballantine Watson's fictional tale, "Destination Unknown" existed in her mind well before her fingers made it to the keyboard. For thirteen years the tale unfolded to her children, grandchildren, friends, and family whom all persuaded her to write a book.
"Destination Unknown," is her first novel. This story of time travel, love and the thrill of a serial killer takes place in Forest Lake, MN, a quaint town thirty miles north of Minneapolis in the years 2016 and 1860. A sequel is in the making which includes a great deal of Forest Lake's history of the mid-1800s.
Kathleen is a proud mother of four, grandmother of eleven, and great-grandmother of two. She grew up in Duluth, MN, but currently lives in SW Florida with her retired military husband, Darrell.
Her favorite things to do when not writing are gardening, golfing, oil painting and most of all, family gatherings.
Kathleen Ballantine is also the author of
"According to His Will"
an incredible, five-star book that contains a
wealth of God's promises. Over one-hundred scriptures transformed into powerful prayers brings confidence to those seeking God's will.
Growing up as a child my grandparents had more impact on my life than anybody else. Both were extremely hard workers. My grandpa retired from Fitger's Brewing Company in Duluth, Minnesota, and my grandma retired from Woodland Hills Orphanage.
Parents of thirteen children, I felt as though I were one. I adored them both!
Forty-seven years ago at a family gathering, my grandfather - a very reserved man - brought out an old pocket-watch from his bureau. After opening the watch he explained to everyone how the intricate workings of the inside made the clock tick. It was beautiful!
What he did next surprised me. My grandfather handed the pocket-watch to me and told me he wanted me to have it. I was so honored that I cried. I've kept it safe in a glass dome all these years and now the pocket watch graces the cover of my book "Destination Unknown."
RIP, Grandpa Blankenship