When Donald Kendig's daughters are choosing bedtime stories, they can pick one authored by their dad.
This spring, Mr. Kendig, retirement administrator of the $4 billion Fresno County (Calif.) Employees' Retirement System Association, published “Billy the Bullseye Butt Bull and Friends”— a book of short stories beginning with a bull with a distinctive birthmark.
Mr. Kending said the book, which he started writing with his daughters two years ago, was a bonding experience for his family and a lesson in creative writing. Mr. Kendig said he struggled with writing through high school but improved by writing for work and editing his future wife's papers in college.
Material was drawn from the stories Mr. Kending made up for his daughters at bedtime.
Mr. Kendig said authoring books leaves a legacy and that there are many ways to self-publish these days. This “shows it can be done,” he said. Although the goal was write more than 200 pages, Mr. Kendig said he stopped at 73, so his youngest daughter, who is pushing for a second “Billy the Bullseye,” book, could bring the first book to show and tell.
Proceeds will go toward his daughters' college education, Mr. Kendig said. The book is available on Amazon.