The authors are a father and son combination. The father, John H. Petrie, has published one article in a collector’s magazine and wrote for 16 years as a HUD Multifamily Underwriter. He has written this and six other children’s books as a form of relaxation. He was born in Logansport, IN, graduated from Logansport Community High School and from Illinois Benedictine College with a biology degree. In Dad’s spare time he served with various philanthropic groups, coached baseball, and has sung with the Indianapolis Arts and Symphonic Choirs. His son, John C. Petrie, was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Guerin Catholic High School. He is a senior and 3 hours away from getting a degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. In his spare time, he is a combat medic in the Indiana National Guard and hopes to attend OCS. He and his mother are cat lovers.
The book, Wee Willie One Sock, authored by the father and son, is about a little boy, Willie, who happens to look like my son at that age. The cats are real life figures; Lucy and Matthew are the light of Jack’s mother’s life other than her son. In the book the search is on for the missing sock. They look under and by every piece of furniture in the house giving the names of the pieces to the young readers/listeners. The cats play a role in finding the missing laundry. At the end the mother’s love for her son and the cats is evident. This book wrote itself as the two authors brain stormed and laughed about the combination of ideas. Writing can be fun.