The Morning After

Cover Version 02You can relax–I’m not going to put a video up of me singing “The Morning After” from the original Poseidon Adventure. Rather, this post is about what has happened after the release of my first novel, On Wings of the Morning, a week ago Wednesday. I had in the back of my mind (and I should have known better from other local authors’ experiences) that, once a book was published, the author sat back and waited for the royalties to roll in.

Not so. Publishing is the first step, the beginning of some very hard work, quite different from writing and editing the book in the first place. Today, the publisher doesn’t, can’t and shouldn’t do it all: the author must be deeply involved in publicizing and marketing the work. And so, I am starting to come up with venues from book signings and using social media such as this to spread the word.

Locally, the response has been tremendous. People I know have heard me talk about my project for over a year, and many of them are as excited as I am. Thank you all for your interest, enthusiasm, and support throughout this process. Cindy Brookshire, president of our local writers’ group, Write by the Rails, wrote a wonderful press release about me and Wings (as I call it). (The article is posted below this entry.)

I’m having a release party November 23 from 3-5 PM in the Java Rock Center at Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Road, in Manassas, Virginia. Everyone is welcome, and I hope you will be able to come.

The book is available on in Kindle and paperback versions. It’s not available in hardback or as an audiobook (yet–I’m working on that). Here’s a link to the Amazon site: Thank you for your patronage and your interest! Hope to see you the 23rd, if not before!

Local Writer Dan Verner Launches First Novel: On Wings of the Morning

by Cindy Brookshire

Long-time Manassas resident Dan Verner is debuting his first novel, On Wings of the Morning, this week. Verner retired in 2003 after more than thirty years teaching literature and writing to high school and adult students. Since then he has written more than 1,000 columns, articles, short pieces and poems for local publications and his own blog, Biscuit City ( In addition, he runs a freelance writing, editing and consulting business. Many local residents know Verner through his part in the performances of the Manassas Chorale, and as a parishioner at Manassas Baptist Church. He is married to Becky Verner and has two adult daughters, Amy and Alyssa.

On Wings of the Morning follows the life of Otto Kerchner, a Wisconsin farm boy in the 1930s who fulfills his dream of learning to fly and becomes a B-17 pilot in World War II. Kerchner is badly burned in a crash landing, but overcomes this tragedy and other heartaches to find acceptance and love in the post-war world.

“I wrote the book out of an interest in the air war during World War II and a deep respect for the veterans who served and sacrificed so much to ensure freedom and dignity for the people of the earth,” says Verner.

When he’s not writing, Verner helps care for his father, 88-year-old Clyde Verner, a World War II veteran. Verner dedicated the book to his father and other war veterans, both in the field and at home.

“My dad, like so many others, lied about his age to enlist in 1943,” Verner shares. “He served in the China-Burma-India Theater, where the troops called themselves ‘the F.B.I.,’ which stood for ‘Forgotten Ba&%@!?s of India.’ They were at the end of the supply line, so they didn’t get what the troops in the European Theater of Operations and Pacific Theater of Operations had.

“They made my dad a truck and ambulance driver, probably to keep him off the front lines because of his age. But ferrying equipment and supplies over the Burma and Lido roads was a life-threatening challenge as well, due to the extreme weather (monsoons) and the poor condition of the roads.”

Verner’s brother, Ron, an airline pilot for Delta Airlines for 27 years, provided valuable information and advice about  aircraft and piloting. “Ron and I tease Dad because he never took a driving test. After the war, he was able to parlay his military permit and obtain a Tennessee driver’s license and a job as a cab driver. He also drove streetcars for Capitol Transit in D.C., and later buses. He still talks about waving to President Harry Truman as he came out of the White House for his daily walks as Dad sat at a bus holding area.”

 On Wings of the Morning is the first in a six-book series entitled Beyond the Blue Horizon: The Story of an American Hero Verner is working on. He has finished the manuscript for the second in the series, On the Wings of the Wind, and just completed Book Three, On the Wings of Angels. He plans to start Book Four, On the Wings of Grace, in January.

On Wings of the Morning (eLectio Publishing, 2013) sells for $16.00 for the print edition and is available on as a Kindle download for $4.99. Verner is also hosting a book launch party on Saturday, November 23 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Road, Manassas. The event is open to the public.

Media contact: Dan Verner can be contacted at 703-475-1441 or


About huckfinn47

I taught high school English for 32 years, all at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA. My students called me "Mr. V," and I was fortunate to have some terrific young people in my classes. I have made contact with some of them, particularly on Facebook, and enjoy seeing what they're up to. My other nickname, given to me by our then assistant pastor Jim Vaught, is Lieutenant Dan, after the Gary Sinise character in Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies. I never got anywhere near military service, so the name is somewhat ironic. I greatly admire our troops and respect their sacrifices. On the Wings of Morning is my first novel worth talking about.
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