Rod Summitt

Rod is a retired former Junior High School social studies teacher and retail manager. He first tried a hand writing in the seventies. While still teaching, he co-authored a mystery novel with another teacher. That novel received some interest from two different publishers, but was deemed to be of insufficient length to publish. Rod and his co-author said on several occasions that “someday” they would dig it out and try to expand it. However, Rod left teaching for a management position in the hardware/home center field, and his co-author passed away. Still, every once in awhile, Rod would say to himself that “someday” he would give writing another try.

          A few weeks after he retired, Rod decided that “someday” had come. He dusted off the manuscript from the mid-seventies and rewrote it. He revised and expanded it.
With the blessings of the family of his co-author, Reunion with a Killer was rewritten with some new characters and several new scenes added. After finishing that project, Rod decided to dive into another idea that had been lurking in the back of his mind for some time. He wanted to try his hand at a mystery/romance. As he started the story, he thought that he would weave a romance into a mystery story. However, as the project evolved and reached a conclusion, When Pasts
Collide, according to Rod, ended up being a romance novel with some mystery woven in.His wife is steadfast in her belief that Pasts is a mystery with a little romance within it.He now divides his time between more traditional mysteries and mystery/romance stories.
         Rod lives with his wife of fifty plus years, Joyce, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.He has three grown children and eight grandchildren. He is an avid fan of professional football, baseball, and hockey. He has been an enthusiastic reader and collector of mystery novels since his early teens. His home library contains well over four hundred and fifty novels from a variety of authors including complete or nearly complete
collections of Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Emilie Loring, Margaret Truman, Dorothy Gilman, Sue Grafton, Catherine Coulter, Jill Churchill, and Lilian Jackson Braun. Rod spent his childhood in Muscatine, Iowa, and moved to Lafayette, Colorado at the start of high school. After a hitch in the Navy, mostly at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Rod returned to Colorado to attend college at Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley. He has lived in Colorado Springs since graduation from college. Rod also enjoys traveling around the United States whenever he can. Hecombines being a tourist with research for his fiction writing.

He is the author of six novels: When Pasts Collide, Reunion with a Killer (with Richard Edgerton), The Nurse and the Deputy, Return to Paradise, Picture Perfect Cruise and New Beginnings. He is currently at work on three additional novels.


Rod welcomes comments and questions from readers at [email protected]