I knew I wanted to be a writer when my second grade teacher had me read one of my poems on the local radio station. I wasn't exactly a celebrity, but I felt like I had arrived.
My stories, while fiction, are about real people in real situations with real problems. "The Band Room", my first novel, is about students I have had over the years, the problems they face, and the relationships that develop. "Dad" is about relationships within a family and with aging parents.
When I'm not writing, I teach band, choir, and guitar classes at a high school in Colorado.
Jacob Martin's life isn't working out like he had hoped. His marriage is dying, his job is illegal in 13 states, and he's living in what can generously be described as a dump. Things get more complicated when Dad, whose mind is not as sharp as it once was, decides to drive out for a surprise visit. "Dad" is the story of love and finding yourself as you care for your aging parent.
The Band Room
Sometimes you have to go somewhere you've never been to find out who you really are.
Angel enjoys his status as a high school football star until some bad luck changes that. Rejected by his coach and teammates, Angel finds himself in a place with new people and new ideas. Meanwhile, his mother’s increasingly erratic behavior has turned her into someone Angel no longer recognizes.
In his first novel, Bob Seay pits tribalism, anger, and hate against diversity, acceptance, and compassion while reminding us that everyone is doing the best they can.