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Published: Saturday, 6/29/2013

Local author uses bedtime stories he told his children

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Tom Waggoner, of Perrysburg, holds his grandson, Kellen Noss, 2, at a book signing. Tom Waggoner, of Perrysburg, holds his grandson, Kellen Noss, 2, at a book signing.
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Tom Waggoner, a father of three in Perrysburg, put his made-up bedtime stories to good use by writing a book called Danger in the Hills.

The book is based on stories he used to tell his children before bed.

"I used to conjure up nighttime stories in the hallways for my kids," he said. "My kids told me it meant a lot to them so I worked on a manuscript on and off."

Mr. Waggoner had a book signing Saturday at My Daily Grind coffee shop in downtown Perrysburg.

The book is now available on Amazon and Kindle, and he hopes it will be in book stores in late July. Tate Publishing asked him to consider writing a sequel to the 168-page chapter book meant for older elementary students and middle school children.

Tom Waggoner, of Perrysburg, had his upcoming book, "Danger in the Hills" on display at a book signing. Tom Waggoner, of Perrysburg, had his upcoming book, "Danger in the Hills" on display at a book signing.
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The book is an adventure story about a groundhog name Ernie. Mr. Waggoner said the stories he conjured up stem from what he encountered growing up on a farm outside of Findlay.

"I weave together farm creatures, since I was so exposed to those animals in the fields and woods," he said. "The adventure story has roots in nature with a lot of life lessons about trust and family values."

During the day, Mr. Waggoner has worked at Andersons for 27 years. He is president of the turf and specialty group.

One of the reasons he wrote the book was so that his children can read it to his grandchildren and it can leave a "legacy."

"Any reader will see it has Midwest values throughout the story," Mr. Waggoner said. "I'm very proud to be born and raised in Ohio. There is no better place than Ohio."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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