Word of an advocate: Local man pens novel

Staff Reports

New author Mike Rossetti of Columbus has released his first novel, “A Fort in the Storm.”

The story centers on young Adam Durkin in the fictional town of Williams, Indiana, who lives an idyllic childhood until an unimaginable family tragedy triggers a string of events that land Durkin’s father in jail and Durkin in foster care. There, the young man meets Micah Sanders, the local newspaper editor and recently sworn-in Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

CASAs are specially trained volunteers who speak for children in cases of neglect, abuse and other sensitive family situations. The volunteers work to ensure every child can thrive in a safe, loving and permanent home.

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The bond between the CASA volunteer and his client forms quickly as Sanders works for the best possible outcome for Durkin. Rossetti formulated the story while working in a volunteer leadership role for the local Advocates for Children between 2010 and 2016. The agency represents Bartholomew, Jennings and Decatur counties. Rossetti served on the Advocates for Children board of directors, including two years as the organization’s president.

Rossetti, former advertising director at The Republic, mentioned that the book is not about a particular case, and is not based on any true cases. But he said it involves a scenario that certainly could happen.

Information: mikerossettibooks.com

Mike Rossetti

Roots: Author Mike Rossetti is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

Education/career: Rossetti ttended the University of Florida from 1990-1995. Following college, he taught high school English and journalism, and coached baseball and soccer. In 2000, he switched careers and began working in the newspaper industry at the Naples Daily News from 2000-2006. In October 2006, he worked for the Mobile (Alabama) Press-Register. He was advertising director of The Republic in Columbus from 2010 to 2016. Today, Mike Rossetti lives with his wife, Pam, in Columbus.

Freetime: Rossetti enjoys spending time with his wife and their friends, usually doing something outdoors if possible.

Writing pursuits: Rossetti started “A Fort in the Storm” in January 2015 and wrapped up the book’s final rewrite in July 2016. A Kindle version is available through Amazon. Rossetti is already at work on his next story, something he promises will go in a slightly different direction.

Information: mikerossettibooks.com