By Libby Hopkins

Rodney Wetzel has called FishHawk home for more than 16 years.

“Prior to moving to Florida, my wife Connie and I lived in Michigan,” said Wetzel.

In 1995, Wetzel was in a serious car accident, which led to a long recovery process.

“I was involved in a near-fatal car accident, and as a form of self-rehabilitation, I started working on my first novel,” he said. This novel was called Fritz.

The book is a fictional story about a small, quiet college town of Parksville. The main characters are Captain Kip Gillmore and his childhood friend, Professor Phillip Parker. They are faced with the impossible task of investigating the Satanic sacrifice of two young high school students, the body of a boy who died without cause and whose body refuses to show any signs of decay, and a village psychopath who hears voices urging him to kill.

“With the aid of a local priest, Kip and Phillip discover that Parksville’s past hides many dark secrets, and as the body count continues to grow, they realize that they are no longer fighting for the lives of Parksville residents, but for their very souls,” Wetzel said.

The inspiration to write his book Fritz came from a short story Wetzel was working on where a man was attacked by a claw coming out of the water. This short story later turned into his novel Fritz.

“None of my characters are based on specific people, but are an accumulation of family, friends and people I’ve known,” Wetzel said. “I am currently working on a number of writing projects, including the sequel to Fritz.”

Writing has been a lifelong dream for Wetzel and he enjoys doing his writing in his FishHawk home.

“I enjoy living in my community,” Wetzel said. “We have been here since it was filled with farms and open land. I am so thankful for all the support I have received from my family and friends.”

To learn more about Rodney Wetzel and what he is currently working on, visit To purchase a copy of Wetzel book, Fritz, visit index.php/fritz.html.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.