Author’s name: Randy Donais
City of residence: Kenosha
Title of book and publisher: “Queen of Diamonds: The Baseball Story of Kenosha’s Joyce Westerman,” self-published through Zeta Publishing.
Synopsis of book (plot): This is a biography that’s not just about Joyce Westerman’s baseball accomplishments but what kind of person she is after her playing days were over. She turned 92 on Dec. 29, 2017.
Why did you write the book? Westerman is just a tremendous human being. This is not the first time she has received recognition. Like the rest of the women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the experience made Westerman a better person, better wife, better mother, better employee and civil servant.
How long did it take you to write the book? It took about five months to actually research, interview Westerman and write the book. It probably took another six weeks to complete the formatting and editing.
How did you get interested in writing? I was always good at English in high school (Tremper, class of 1974). Mary Sundlie-Snyder and Ferne Hoeft were my primary mentors. I went on to earn my bachelor’s degree in journalism and English at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Where is the book available for purchase? Books can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $8. It can also be ordered through the publisher, www.zetapublishing.com.
Is the book available at the library? No, but it will hopefully be in the Kenosha libraries soon. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in which Westerman and the rest of the girls are enshrined, has a copy of the book.
Website page for more information: www.zetapublishing.com.